- Man has attempted to ram his car into a crowd of Muslim worshippers at a mosque in Paris.
- No people were hurt as the car was stopped by barriers.
- Man is reported to be of Armenian origin.
- He is reported to have said he wanted to avenge Islamist attacks in France.
- Attack is similar to a June 19 van ramming at a crowd of Muslims at a London mosque.
A man has tried to commit a terrorist attack with his car in France’s capital Paris by plowing through a crowd outside a mosque in an attempt, in his words, to “avenge” Islamist terrorist attacks committed against the country.
The attack is similar to the one committed on June 19, 2017, against a mosque near Finsbury Park Station in North London, in which a van rammed into Muslim worshipers killed one and injured 10 people. The attacker, 47-year-old Darren Osborn, has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder.
Over the past two years, France has been hit by over 20 terrorist attacks causing over 240 deaths, which are claimed to have been organized by ISIS, or linked to it.
The most shocking of those have been the mass shooting at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 which claimed 17 lives, the November 2015 shooting in Paris which claimed 130 lives (the single deadliest terrorist attack in French history), and the cargo truck plowing through crowds celebrating the 2016 Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, in Nice, which resulted in 86 deaths.
In an attack on April 20, a gunman killed police officer Xavier Jugele on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, and wounded two others before being shot dead.
Ever since the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in January 2015, French soldiers have been patrolling the streets in Paris and other cities under Operation “Sentinel”.
There have been six jihadist terrorist attacks in Western Europe (France, Germany, Sweden, and the UK) involving plowing a vehicle through crowds of pedestrians over the past year.
A man has been arrested in the French capital Paris after trying to drive his vehicle into a crowd outside a mosque, police say, as cited by France24.
The incident took place at about 6:30 pm local time on Thursday in the suburb of Créteil and no-one was hurt.
The man’s crowd plowing attempt was apparently thwarted by barriers put up to protect the mosque.
Le Parisien newspaper reported that the suspect was of Armenian origin and had said he wanted to avenge Islamist-linked attacks in Paris.
A police statement said the suspect’s 4×4 vehicle repeatedly struck barriers designed to protect the mosque in the southeastern suburb of the French capital.
The car sped off but crashed and the man fled before being arrested shortly afterwards.
He did not appear to be acting under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Le Parisien said.
It reported that the suspect had said he wanted to avenge attacks on the Bataclan theater and Champs-Elysees, both linked to the ISIS terrorist group (“Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”).
The terrorist attacks committed with vehicles in Western Europe over the past year are the cargo truck crowd plowing attack in Nice, France, on Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, July 14, which caused 86 deaths; the Christmas market attack in Berlin, Germany, which killed 12; and the March 22 attack on Westminster Bridge in London which killed 6; and the June 3 in attack on London Bridge in London which killed 8; the April 7 attack in Stockholm, Sweden, which killed 4; and the June 19 mosque attack in London, in which one man was killed.