ISIS issues hit list of U.S. churches for holiday attack

The Islamic State published names and addresses of thousands of U.S. churches Thursday as prospective targets for an attack, according to a report on Vocativ.

As reported on USA TODAY, messages posted in Arabic to the group’s “Secrets of Jihadis” social media site called for bloody celebrations in the new year.

The series of messages appeared on Telegram, which is a messaging app that allows users to send encrypted messages to one another. The same group used social media to provide instructions on constructing explosives.

According to multiple reports, at least one church in every state is mentioned in the post.

Another post urged followers to attack churches, hotels, coffee shops and other public places in the U.S., Canada, France and the Netherlands.

In the wake of the Berlin attack, the SITE Intelligence Group has cited similar Islamic State postings in recent days. Cities across the U.S. have increased security around their holiday events because of it.