An artist’s image showing Taipei’s 101 Tower in flames amid a smoldering city was posted to an ISIS-linked Twitter account earlier this week, leading to speculation that Taiwan’s capital may be the target of a future terrorist attack.
The image was posted by the Twitter handle @KhilafahTimes (since suspended) on February 24 with the message: “When Islamic State attack your cities it won’t look nice. By the permission of Allah that day is not far.”
The image itself is actually the work of Belgian digital artist Jonas De Ro and is part of a post-apocalyptic series depicting the destruction of major cities at the end of the world (check it out, Shanghai is included too).
Although Taipei is not mentioned specifically in the post, it has been spreading across Taiwanese media, prompting Taiwan’s Department of Defense to assure residents that it is fully capable of handling such attacks and that “foolproof anti-terrorism preparations” are in place.