AUSTRALIA’S expatriated communities are under attack in some parts of the country, with the latest example of a “bounty” operation targeting the majority-Muslim community.
The community has been targeted by a campaign run by the Muslim League-Nigeria, which has been targeting the families of expatriation workers, with families being offered a “furnished home” in exchange for “fans” from the community, the Huffington Post Australia reported.
In the latest attack, a Nigerian man who fled to Australia in 2005 was targeted by the Islamic State group, who demanded $3,000 from him to hand over his passport and passport-plate number.
The man’s son, who fled Nigeria, then used the money to travel to the Philippines to get a visa to return home.
He later contacted the Islamic state’s affiliate in Australia to arrange for a ransom of $6,000, which the group paid.
“When he went to the Filipino embassy to pay, he got a call from the Islamic Emirate,” Abdul Rauf Alimu, who was a police officer at the time of the attack, told the ABC.
Another man who was part of the family was targeted in the Philippines and forced to pay a $1,000 ransom for his passport, and his son was also abducted and later sold.
According to the Muslim group, the group of men targeted by Islamic State was not all Muslim, but were all expatriating Nigerians.
Some of the families have been living in Australia for the past decade and are now living with their Nigerian neighbours.
But the community has also been targeted for its links to the LGBT community.
In 2016, a man was murdered in Australia after being attacked in the streets of the state capital of Abuja, by an angry mob that attacked the family of a gay man, who had been murdered in Nigeria.
Two of the attackers were sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Abdul RauF Alimuz, a police police officer, was also attacked in 2015 while walking down the street with his wife and daughter.
They were stopped by police who found a note on his face, claiming to be from the IS affiliate in Melbourne.
Police arrested two men who claimed they were “victims” of the IS group and that they were acting as an intermediary between the IS and the families.
Their arrest was part, they told police, of the effort by the IS to “raise awareness” of homosexuality in Australia, and to “send a message” that they “were not going to take this lightly”.
Abdel RauM Alimukh, who is a Muslim and has lived in Australia since he was a teenager, said he and his wife had received death threats and were “totally shocked”.
“We don’t feel safe in Australia because of the way they’re targeting us, because of what they’re doing in Nigeria, because it’s not safe,” he told the Nine Network.
He added that he was “absolutely terrified” of “a lot of people in Australia” and said he believed that the threat was “being used to silence us”.
“It’s not just about us; it’s all of us.
It’s our community.
I don’t know how long it’s going to last, but it’s definitely not going away,” he said.
Alimukhs family, who have lived in the United Kingdom for the last 25 years, have received death and sexual violence threats in the past, and they have been threatened by other Australians, who are also Muslims, who want to harm them.
Many have been targeted on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where they have received threatening messages.
An Australian Muslim community leader, who spoke to the ABC on condition of anonymity, said it was “unbelievable” that the IS “is now trying to destroy us”.
He said that he believed there was a greater danger in Australia than in Nigeria and he wanted to send a message to the community that they would not be “a target” in Australia.
However, he warned that there was an element of paranoia in the community.
Mr Alimud, who has lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand for 15 years, said that the fear and paranoia was a “very real” part of life for some of the Muslim community.
“I have been told by people, ‘if you’re Muslim, you are at risk, you’re not safe, we don’t care, you can go anywhere’,” he said, adding that some of his fellow Muslims had been targeted online.
I have heard about people going to mosque, saying they don’t believe in God.
I have heard people say that they believe they are doing it to defend Islam.
I’ve seen them put up posters that say, ‘I’m going to God, so I’m not