Another jihad attack? Maybe. Police have already ruled out a “political motive,” but they almost always do that, no matter what the evidence is.
Last June, the Islamic State published a poster depicting an SUV driving over a heap of skulls and bearing the legend “Run Over Them Without Mercy.”
And the Islamic State issued this call in September 2014:
So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
“6 injured after drunk driver rams into revellers in German town,” AFP, November 26, 2017:
A 29-year-old man believed to have been intoxicated smashed his car deliberately into a group of people standing outside a disco in a northern German town Sunday, injuring six, police said.
The driver then crashed into a bollard some 300 metres (yards) away and was held down by passers-by until officers arrived, media reports said.
Police in Cuxhaven issued a statement ruling out a terrorist motive.
“The investigation shows that a dispute in or outside a Cuxhaven nightclub could be the reason for the incident,” the statement said, citing witnesses.
“A political motive can be ruled out at this time.”
On Twitter, the local Oldenburg police force added that the driver “probably comes from Syria”….
The incident revived memories of the Berlin Christmas market attack last December, when a failed Tunisian asylum seeker ploughed a truck into a crowd of revellers, killing 12 people.
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