Barcelona attack: Vehicles are now being used as weapons of terror by extremists in Europe

Spain: A driver deliberately ploughed a van into pedestrians on one of Spain's busiest streets on Thursday, injuring a number of people in what police called a "terrorist attack".

Vehicles have been used as weapons of terror several times over the past year, often by followers of the Islamic State (IS), attacking nations in the US-led coalition fighting the jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Bastille Day Nice attack
On 14 July, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, ploughs a 19-tonne truck into a Bastille Day crowd leaving a fireworks display in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais, killing 86 people on the famous beachfront avenue.

Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain. AP

Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain. AP

IS later claims Bouhlel as one of its followers.

- On 19 June, 2007, Adam Dzaziri, a 31-year-old radicalised Islamist who had sworn allegiance to the IS, is killed on when he rams a car loaded with guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees. No one else is injured.

- On 19 August, 2017, a 36-year-old Algerian man, named as Hamou B., drives a BMW into soldiers outside a barracks in the upmarket western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, injuring six. After a car chase, police shot and wounded the suspect.

London targeted twice

On 22 March, 2017, a 52-year-old British convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, mows down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near parliament and stabs a policeman, killing five people and injuring around 50 before being shot dead by police.

The attack is claimed by Islamic State.

On 3 June, the British capital is again hit when three attackers strike pedestrians with a van and go on a stabbing spree wearing fake suicide vests in bars in the London Bridge area.

Eight people are killed before the assailants are shot dead by police. The attack is also claimed by the Islamic State.

Berlin Christmas market

On 19 December, 2016, Tunisian national Anis Amri, 24, hijacks a truck and slams into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.

Amri is shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later after travelling through several European countries. The rampage is claimed by IS.

Stockholm shopping street

An 7 April, 2017 a truck attack in the Swedish capital kills five people, including an 11-year-old Swedish girl, a Briton, and one Belgian. Fifteen others are injured.

An Uzbek national, Rakhmat Akilov, 39, confesses to using a stolen beer truck to mow down pedestrians on Stockholm's busiest shopping street Drottninggatan. According to Uzbek police he had tried to join IS in 2015.


Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 11:08 pm | Updated Date: Aug 18, 2017 08:11 am


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