Muslim Driver Shouting "Allahu Akhbar!" Runs Over 11 People In France "For The Children Of Palestine"
December 21, 2014
Update: According to the UK Daily Mail the terrorist driver was a Muslim convert and 13 people were mowed down.
France: Driver Runs Over People 'for the Children of Palestine'
A driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he ploughed into groups of people in the eastern French city of Dijon on Sunday evening, AFP reports.
11 people were injured, two of them seriously, in the attack, a source close to the investigation said.
"The man, born in 1974, is apparently imbalanced and had been in a psychiatric hospital," the source told AFP, adding that "for now his motives are still unclear".
The driver was arrested by police after targeting passersby at five different places in the city on Sunday evening, a police source said.
"Nine people were lightly injured and two others seriously but their lives do not appear to be in danger," the source said.
Witnesses told police that the driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "that he was acting for the children of Palestine," a source close to the investigation said.
The attack in Dijon comes the day after a French convert to Islam was shot dead after stabbing three police officers while also reportedly crying "Allahu Akbar" in the central town of Joue-les-Tours.
The perpetrator was a French citizen born in Burundi in 1994, a source told AFP, and was known to local police. He was allegedly "known for his extremist views."
His brother was known to security agencies for his radical beliefs as well, according to the International Business Times, and had at one point planned to travel to Syria.
Security was stepped up at police and fire stations across France on Sunday after Saturday's attack.
From the UK Daily Mail:
Islamic convert, 40, facing terrorism charges after he mows down 13 people in his car while shouting 'God is greatest' in Arabic in French city of Dijon
The 40-year-old man is a known psychiatric patient in French city of Dijon
Ploughed his car into crowds of pedestrians at Place du President Wilson
Was reportedly heard shouting 'For the children of Palestine' in Arabic
French authorities said the unidentified man 'may face terrorism charges'
Comes days after a knife-yielding man attacked French police station
Attack may have been inspired by recent Sydney Siege, authorities said
By Peter Allen In Paris and Jennifer Smith for MailOnline
Published: 17:16 EST, 21 December 2014 | Updated: 06:38 EST, 22 December 2014
MIM: More suicidal denial on the part of Western officials regarding the jihadist motivations of killer Muslims. Many recent jihadi attacks are being blamed on "mental illness" rather than being called the terrorist attacks that they are. The fundamental tenets of Islam are sociopathic. Does that mean that every Islamist killer can be excused on that grounds? The Koran calls upon its Muslim followers to wage violent jihad against and kill infidels. 'Allahu Akhbar' is a jihadi battle cry and was indeed "intended to give him (the driver) courage." His declaration that he was committing his action "for the children of Palestine" is further proof that his rampage was an act of terrorism.
Car Rampage in France Ruled Not a Terrorist AttackFrench prosecutors announce the rampage of a driver who injured 13 people in Dijon Sunday night was not a terrorist attack.
Prosecutors in France announced Monday that Sunday evening's rampage incident was not a terrorist attack.
The incident occurred when a driver, yelling "Allahu Akbar," plowed into dozens of pedestrians in the eastern French city of Dijon, some 300 miles from Paris.
13 people were injured, two of them seriously, a source close to the investigation said Sunday evening. Eight of the injured victims remain hospitalized.
The driver was arrested by police after targeting passersby at five different places in the city and was taken for psychiatric observation. "I did it for the children of Palestine," he told the police officers who detained him.
"The man, born in 1974, is apparently imbalanced and had been in a psychiatric hospital," the source close to the investigation told AFP.
Prosecutors have confirmed that the suspect has a long history of mental illness. They revealed he has been hospitalized 157 times for mental health issues since 2001. The most recent hospitalization was this autumn.
According to the prosecution the man acted alone and without religious motivation. His call of "Allahu Akbar" was simply intended to give him courage.
The incident in Dijon took place the day after a French convert to Islam was shot dead after stabbing three police officers while also reportedly crying "Allahu Akbar" in the central town of Joue-les-Tours.
The man went to police station, where he suddenly pulled out a knife that had been concealed behind his back. He attacked the three policemen, injuring them slightly.
One of the officers was able to grab his weapon and fire two bullets at the perpetrator killing him on the spot.
The perpetrator was a French citizen born in Burundi in 1994, a source told AFP, and was known to local police. He was allegedly "known for his extremist views," but apparently did not commit the attack for nationalistic reasons.