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Vehicles as deadly weapons

Europe
07.04.2017
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A recent history of similar terroristic attacks
It only takes a tap of the gas pedal to turn a four-door sedan or pick-up truck into a weapon.
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London (dpa) - A few examples from recent events in the United States and Europe, which has seen a spate of such attacks linked to terrorism:
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN:
A hijacked lorry ploughed through a pedestrian zone in central Stockholm on April 7, before crashing into a department store, killing at least two people. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said "everything points to a terrorist attack."

BERLIN, GERMANY: A Berlin Christmas market was the target of an Islamist terrorist attack on December 19, 2016, resulting in the deaths of 12 people. Islamic State adherent Anis Amri hijacked a lorry and drove it into a crowd. The Tunisian was shot a few days later during a police stop in Milan.
Flowers for those who where hurt or killed in Berlin, 19th of December 2016.


OHIO, USA: A student at Ohio State University rammed a car into a group of pedestrians on November 28, 2016. He then got out of the vehicle and attacked passers-by with a butcher knife. Eleven were wounded. Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

NICE, FRANCE: A mentally-ill man whom Islamic State later claimed as its own drove a lorry into a crowd of people in Nice, France, as they celebrated Bastille Day on July 14, 2016. The incident left 86 dead and more than 200 injured.

GRAZ, AUSTRIA: A 26-year-old driver ploughed his car through the city centre of Graz on June 20, 2015, killing three people and injuring 34, many of whom had been visiting cafes or shopping. A court eventually found him incompetent to stand trial.

NETHERLANDS: A man attempted to ram his personal vehicle into an open-top bus carrying the Dutch royal family on April 30, 2009. He does not manage to injure any of the royals, but kills seven bystanders and injures 10.

 

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