ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Two anonymous gunmen launched a hit-and-run attack on an Islamic State radio station inside Mosul, the group’s stronghold, a Kurdish official said Saturday.
Saeed Mamuzini, the Kurdistan Democratic
Party (KDP) spokesman for Mosul, told Rudaw that ISIS immediately after the
attack set up a series of checkpoints inside the city to hunt the two
“The attack didn’t cause any casualties, and
none of the assailants were injured,” Mamuzini said.
Al-Bayan radio network airs a news/talk
format and broadcasts in Arabic, Kurdish, English, French and Russian. The ISIS
radio station has been framed as “highly professional” and compared to NPR and
the BBC for tone and quality.
Early in April ISIS launched English-language
radio news bulletins on Al-Bayan. Al-Bayan's reporting on the group’s military
operations and propaganda has been referenced by the Associated Press and the
The group also publishes a monthly online
English-language magazine called Dabiq, with religious lessons, plus news about
its activities. The magazine is concerned with establishing the religious
legitimacy of the terror group and its self-proclaimed caliphate.