Dozens of people were injured Monday, five seriously, when the Muslim driver of a van ploughed into a Christmas market in the western French city of Nantes before stabbing himself. The source said the driver then stabbed himself “at least nine times”, causing himself serious injuries. Some witnesses stated that they heard him shouting Islamic battle cry – “Allahu Akbar.“
i24 News (h/t Maria J) The motives for the attack were unclear but did not appear to be driven by religious extremism. (No, of course it wasn’t, because shouting “Allahu Akbar” has nothing to do with Islamic jihad?)
Brigitte Lamy, the regional prosecutor said that at the moment “we cannot say this was an act of terrorism” adding that “as things stand, we have no account pointing to any religious demands.” (Idiot) The driver charged at a chalet serving hot wine in front of which several people were gathered, a witness told AFP.
France is still reeling from a suspected radical Islamic attack on Saturday that saw a French convert to Islam shot dead after attacking police officers with a knife while also reportedly crying “Allahu Akbar” in the central town of Joue-les-Tours.
On Sunday a French driver who shouted “Allahu Akbar” also ran his car into crowds of people in five separate locations in a spree that lasted over half an hour.
The incident in Dijon, which left 13 injured was “absolutely not a terrorist act,” said French prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarare, adding that the man had a “long-lasting and severe psychological disorder”. (CRAP! Stop blaming Islamic terrorism on mental disorders, blame it on Islam)
French President Francois Hollande called Monday on authorities to exercise the “utmost vigilance” after two men reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” committed brutal weekend attacks against police and passers-by in separate towns.
“We have never experienced such a great danger of Islamic terrorism,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday in Montpellier, calling on French citizens to “react” to the phenomenon of young people becoming radicalized. “We have over a thousand individuals interested in the fighting in Syria or Iraq, more than 300 are have already gone there, 56 or 57 have died. This shows the degree of involvement of French citizens.”
Valls said that the police had attacked as they were trained after three policemen were wounded in Joue-les-Tours by a knife-wielding man. He called for vigilance for all in uniform, including policemen, firefighters. “They protect us, but they too have to protect themselves.”
These incidents in France come as governments around the world brace for so-called “lone wolf” attacks by individuals returning from waging jihad abroad, or who are simply following Islamic State calls for violence in countries involved in a coalition fighting the radical group.
On Friday Islamic State militants released a video where a French speaker called on Muslims in France to attack their countrymen. He urged them to use knives if they could not get their hands on a gun.