JIHADISTS are celebrating the worst tragedy in Victoria's history.But of course the moderate spokesman demurs:
Terror watchdogs said fundamentalists had blogged on websites across the globe, applauding the lives lost and destruction in the Victoria fires.
Senior analyst at SITE Intelligence Group Adam Raisman said they were posting pictures of burnt homes and devastated victims and "taking joy in the scenes", the Sunday Herald Sun reports.
One jihadist wrote: "It would be an act of revenge for Australian's participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."
Bushfires victims said they were stunned.
"We're minding our own business and trying to cope with all this and they are celebrating our suffering," said Denise McCann who lost her home in the Kinglake blaze.
Regional Islamic Council vice-president Dr Ameer Ali said the comments did not represent the wider Muslim community.It remains to be seen if any of the fires were actually set by jihadist terrorists. (Hat tip: Jihadwatch, where there are earlier reports that terrorists had threatened to set Australia on fire.)
"They have no idea what they are talking about," he said.