The UK Sun newspaper has raised concerns that jihadist terrorists may have been involved in lighting Victorian fires:
It is feared TERRORISTS may be behind some of the Victoria fires.
US intelligence sources monitored messages in which a fundamentalist group spoke of â€œforest jihadâ€.
A website told Muslims in Australia, the US and Europe: â€œScholars have justified chopping down and burning infidelsâ€™ forests when they do the same to our lands.â€
The message hoped for economic damage and troops being withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Sun’s story references a story originally written last year by The Age’s Josh Gordon which reported that a jihadist terrorist group’s website contained threats to light forest fires in countries including Australia.