- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2015

Residents in Gothenburg, Sweden, were shaken this week when supporters of the Islamic State group left chilling graffiti messages on various businesses, declaring the first caliphate in Europe.

The terrorist group’s logo was daubed on the wall of a restaurant in the city, and threatening messages such as “convert or die” and “the caliphate is here” were found covering the outside of a bakery, the Daily Star, a British news site, reported.

Bakery owner Markus Samuelsson told reporters he felt terrified when he found the graffiti on his walls.

“I felt a sudden chill down my spine,” he told the Daily Star. “It’s terribly painful. We feel threatened.”

The extremists also painted the Arabic letter for “N” on the side of a restaurant, a sign to target Christians living in the building.

Gothenburg has become a major hub for jihadist recruiting in Sweden. At least 150 people have left the city to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, media reports said.

It is believed that the group’s sympathizers are targeting Sweden’s Assyrian Christian community.

Local police have launched an investigation in to the matter.

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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