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.