The NYPD is investigating images of what appears to be ISIS supporters taking selfies outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in view of One World Trade Center.
The Met photo shows a masked and hooded man with the ISIS logo on his scarf, standing on a snow-covered sidewalk outside the Upper East Side museum.
It began making the rounds on social media Saturday night, with the caption, “We are in your own Backyard,” said Eric Feinberg, the co-founder of GIPEC, a cyber-intelligence firm that keeps track of terrorism-related hashtags.
“The NYPD is aware of the photograph. As with all terror related threats, the NYPD is looking into the incident. At this time there are no credible threats related to New York City,” an NYPD spokesman said Tuesday night.
Feinberg said the photos , and others like them, are meant to sow fear, and to embolden possible lone wolf terrorists into taking action.
“Maybe it’s Photoshopped, maybe it’s not. It should be taken seriously,” he said.
Last month, a pro-ISIS online propaganda poster showed a captive NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill kneeling before a masked terrorist.
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