As reported in the news feed on Monday, a woman boarded a bus in Brussels and attacked two passengers with a machete, wounding them both. After leaving the bus she attacked a third victim in a fast-food restaurant. She refused to follow police instructions (presumably “Drop that knife!”) and was shot and wounded.
Early reports gave no details about the woman, but the use of a machete suggested that there may have been an Allahu Akhbar factor in the attack. Later accounts described the woman as an “Asian”. The Belgian media do not usually follow the British protocol of using the code word “Asian” for Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, so it was hard to say for sure which nationality was meant.
When I told Vlad about it, he said: “I’ll bet it was a veiled Muslima from Mindanao in the Philippines.” — that is, where the MILF Islamic insurgency holds sway.
And it turns out he was right: the perp was eventually identified as a Filipina, and as the video of the shooting demonstrates, she was veiled.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Here’s one of the later news reports on the incident, from Reuters:
Brussels Police Hold Filipina After Bus Stabbing
(Reuters) – Belgian police identified a woman who stabbed and wounded three people on a Brussels bus on Monday as a 52-year-old originally from the Philippines whom they do not believe acted from political motives.
The woman, accused of attempted murder, had yet to be questioned by prosecutors as she was receiving medical attention after being shot by police during the incident on a busy shopping street, spokesman Xavier Dellicour said on Tuesday.
“No motive is being ruled out at this stage but terrorism is not the most likely case,” said Dellicour, whose office is not the one which normally handles terrorism cases in Belgium.
The three people wounded were all released from hospital on Monday. Local media quoted witnesses as saying an argument broke out on the No. 38 bus and the woman pulled out a knife. Police shot her twice after she got off but refused to cooperate.
The woman’s name has not been released.
|00:04||Put your hand in your pocket!|
|00:20||What are you doing?! Where are you going? F**k!|
|00:28||Step back, step back, step back!|
|00:34||Careful, they’re shooting! She has a knife!|
|00:38||They’re shooting! They’re shooting! She has a huge knife and|
|00:42||and they just shot at her.|
|00:46||Run! Run! Careful! Careful! Oh, f**k!|
|00:50||Shoot her, she doesn’t look like… Shoot her!|