- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A shocking new video of an Islamic State terrorist claiming his group loves to drink blood — vampire style — is making the rounds on YouTube.

In the video, Islamic State’s Rabie Shehada, also known as “the Palestinian slayer,” claimed the organization is filled with vampires, al-Arabiya reported.

“I swear we are a people who love death for the sake of God just as you love to live,” he said. “I swear we are a people who love drinking blood. We came to slaughter you.”

He also reportedly says in the video, “We love dying for God as much as you love life.”

Mr. Shehada, a 26-year-old married father of one, has taken the name of Abu Mussab al-Safouri, after a village by his hometown of Nazareth, al-Arabiya reported.

His wife and daughter are reportedly terrified by his extremism and fear speaking openly about his terrorist acts. But they did say that he once studied engineering at a Nazareth college, and quit after three months, and has been largely missing in action — until this video surfaced, the news outlet reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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