Vehicular Jihad in Vienna

Jihad attacks using cars and trucks are becoming more and more common in Europe. We’ve seen them in the past in France, Britain, Germany, Austria, and probably other countries I’m not remembering. The most notorious such incident so far was the massacre in Nice back in July, which killed more than eighty people.

The latest instance of vehicular jihad occurred in Vienna yesterday. The amazing thing about it is that no one was actually hurt.

Many thanks to JLH for translating this brief report from the Kronen Zeitung:

Terrorist Driver in Vienna: 21-Year-Old Arrested

September 29, 2016

On Thursday in Favoriten (10th District), a 21-year-old man attempted to run down pedestrians with his car. Striking detail: the perpetrator — an Austrian with Turkish roots — is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” several times through his open window. He was arrested. On the back seat of his car lay a Koran. The incident is strongly reminiscent of the amok-driving spree by Graz resident Alen R., who was sentenced this evening to life imprisonment, and sent to an institution for the criminally insane.

On the same day as the verdict in the Graz amok trial, another terrorist driver caused fear and horror. Shortly before 11:00 am Thursday, the 21-year-old raced his Peugeot across Quellen Street. “He drove right at the pedestrians, aimed at them,” says the police spokesman, Thomas Keiblinger. According to witnesses, the driver repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

A man was in a pedestrian crossing, when the man born in Vienna steered his speeding car at him. A last minute jump to one side saved him. He was uninjured. Two other pedestrians had a nasty shock.

Witnesses called police. Four patrols were finally able to stop and arrest the suspect at the corner of Quellen and Columbus. A Koran lay on the rear seat. As he was being arrested, he shouted Allahu Akbar.

The provincial office for security is investigating charges of intent to cause grievous bodily harm and membership in a terrorist organization. The incident is the cause of headlines in other countries. Among others, the Israeli daily paper “The Jerusalem Post” reported on the terrorist driver in Vienna.

8 thoughts on “Vehicular Jihad in Vienna

  1. The main question should be not whether “we can do it” but whether we want to do it. You see, the people of India must ask “can we do it” because the religion of peace invaded that place long ago and it is already a fact of life. Germany did not have to ask that question because the invasion has been blocked some three centuries ago.
    Angela Merkel did not ask anybody whether they want something, she just imposed the other question.

  2. You guys are are all misguided fools and just don’t understand Muslims, that’s how they normally drive. Honk and drive under the people when they jump.

  3. Just to mention it: The (still important) state media ORF hardly reported anthing about this incident.

    • But it made it a big topic, if the sentence for the Amokdriver from Graz was not to hard.
      Or if it was legit – because he could`ve been mentaly insane.

  4. I think the whole thing was just a cultural and linguistic misunderstanding… The word “Allahu Akbar” really means:

    “Oh my, goodness gracious, this motor vehicle breaks are no longer functioning properly and also moving the wheel is sluggish which shows I am in a bit of trouble. I guess I am having technical difficulties keeping this car in its predestined direction and speed. This could cause some unfortunate accident.”

    You see, how much easier to understand, when someone professionally translating for you?

    • Jolly good explanation sir. I knew this was just another cultural misunderstanding. For a second there, I really thought this was going to feed more coal into this nut job, crazy Right Wing, hysterical, fear mongering, anti Muslim propaganda steam roller sweeping across the Country. Everybody knows who’s to blame for the rise of the FPO, right? Hungary, it’s all there fault.

  5. The most interesting thing in this for me is that this car jihad incident occured in front of my pedicure studio only 300m away from my appartment in Vienna. I guess I have to be more careful in the future, when I visit this area. 🙂

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