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Daesh group threatens to assassinate Pope Francis

An extremist group with links to Daesh has threatened to assassinate Pope Francis.

Media group Al-Abd Al-Faqir released images threatening attacks against the Holy Father.

The most recent image uses a photo of the pope from his visit to Auschwitz in 2016. A gunman – wearing a Daesh wristband – is shown pointing a weapon at the pontiff.

Text at the bottom of the image warns: ‘Don’t think you are away from our attacks’.

The recent threat follows another from last week that warned ‘slaves of the cross’ as a masked gunman is depicted sneaking up behind Pope Francis, who is facing the ‘wall of death’ at Auschwitz.

The threats have sparked fears of violence against the Vatican and the Catholic Church and are believed to be part of a push for violence by extremists during the forthcoming Advent and Christmas season.

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Picture: Pope Francis leads his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 31. (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters).