Why the terrorists turned the car into a murder weapon

Why the terrorists turned the car into a murder weapon

Yesterday afternoon , Saifullo Saipov, a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan, in a rented truck and drove on a bike path in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring eleven.

Although eyewitnesses said that Saipov shouted the words «Allahu Akbar!», finally about its probable connection with ISIS or al-Qaeda can only be determined after the completion of the investigation.

Why the terrorists turned the car into a murder weapon

However, the method of attack selected is the one that started to use the terrorists in Europe in recent years. To prevent such tragedies is extremely difficult, therefore, ISIS encourages its followers to do so.

Such large-scale terrorist attacks like September 11, are usually planned years and require huge sums of money – about 500 thousand dollars were spent by al Qaeda to organize an attack on the twin Towers.

In addition, experts say, such planning leaves a trail (formerly paper, now digital): email, phone calls, statements from credit cards, travel documents and so on. This often increases the chances of law enforcement and intelligence to prevent the attack.

MANHATTAN: BREAKING: 4 dead, 10 injured in ramming attack using Home Depot truck on West Side Hwy, the video shows the suspect running with a gun. pic.twitter.com/2w7oWr0imb

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But in order to rent a truck, don’t need a lot of money or dozens of conspirators. This explains why the terrorists in recent years have begun to use cars as murder weapons.

  • 14 July 2016 in nice, a native of Tunisia drove into a crowd of 19-ton truck. Killed 86 people, hundreds injured
  • 19 Dec 2016 a terrorist truck drove through a Christmas market in Berlin at a speed of about 40 mph. 12 people were killed, 49 were injured.
  • 22 Mar 2017 six people were killed and about 50 were injured after a terrorist drove into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster bridge in London.
  • 3 June 2017 the terrorist used a van, killing seven people and wounding dozens more at London bridge.
  • August 17, 2017 in Barcelona , a terrorist drove into a crowd, killing 13 people. More than 100 were injured.

As reported by Vox, in 2014, the ISIL member Mohammad al-Adnani said to his supporters: «If you can’t detonate a bomb or shoot, cope differently… on your car.»

After the attack in nice in the propaganda the online edition of ISIS Rumiyah, an article was published praising the attack. The article also called for the use of open markets as the main targets for big trucks.