A man wielding a large kitchen knife killed one and wounded four others after storming into a supermarket in the German city of Hamburg.
The attacker is reported to have screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ before running into the Edeka shop where he stabbed one person and slashed at four others while trying to flee.
He was pursued by passers-by who wrestled him to the ground and called the police, who later arrested him.
One officer said there was ‘no valid information on the motive of the attacker’ who has yet to be identified.
Yes, of course. No “valid information” Of course, Germans might have seen this peacefulness before
Germany has been on high alert about the threat of a jihadist attack, especially since last December’s truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the carnage in which a Tunisian rejected asylum seeker and ex-convict, Anis Amri, 24, ploughed the stolen truck through a crowd.
It was Germany’s deadliest attack by an Islamist militant, but not the first
In 2016, the IS group also claimed a suicide bomb attack in the southern city of Ansbach which wounded 15 victims, and an Afghan man’s axe rampage on a train in Bavaria that hurt five, before the perpetrator was shot dead by police.
Public fears about more extremist violence have grown amid Germany’s mass influx of refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan as well as several African countries.
More than one million asylum seekers have arrived in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country’s borders in 2015.
Germany’s domestic intelligence service estimates there are about 10,000 radical Islamists in the country, including 1,600 who are considered potentially violent.
In one case of a homegrown attacker, a German teenager identified as 16-year-old Safia S. was in January sentenced to six years of juvenile detention for stabbing a police officer in 2016 ‘to support the Islamic State group’.
Davis, California is a small city in northern California just west of Sacramento, the state capitol. It has a well established Islamic center. The Islamic Center of Davis’s imam is one Ammar Shahin.
Last Friday,Imam Shahin called explicitly for the annihilation of Jews in his sermon. Since it was mostly in Arabic, he felt safe to communicate this kind of bigotry. Unfortunately for him, a video of his sermon slipped out and was translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). These are brief excerpts of the entire two-hour hate fest, but I assure you they are utterly representative of the whole.
Peaceful? That Imam does not speak of peace, but of genocide frankly.
Peaceful? No, propaganda yes. Propaganda designed to inflame Muslims with a sense of victim hood. This is what the Imam in this video is doing. Lying about anti-Muslim conspiracies, and Israeli “massacres”. He is fomenting hatred, and calling for “jihad”. Note he says prayer is not the only thing.
Peaceful? No, radical, dangerous, violent, evil, but not peaceful
JERUSALEM — In an extraordinarily brazen assault early Friday, three Arab citizens of Israel armed with guns and knives killed two Israeli police officers guarding an entrance to Jerusalem’s holiest site for Jews and Muslims, an emotional and volatile focal point of the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Security camera footage showed the armed assailants emerging to attack from within the sacred compound in the Old City of Jerusalem that Jews revere as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Police officers pursued the assailants, who fled back inside the compound and exchanged fire; all three assailants were killed.
Michal Salomon thanked her husband, Elad, for giving his life to save her and their five children from a terrorist with a knife.
The hot, late afternoon air hardly seemed to move as she stood in the cemetery in Modi’in to bid farewell to Elad, 36, his sister Chaya, 46, and her father-in-law, Yosef, 70.
The three members of her family were killed on Friday night when a Palestinian terrorist, dressed as a Sabbath-observant Jew, entered her in-laws’ home in the Halamish settlement.
Her in-laws, Yosef and his wife, Tovah, who was wounded in the attack, were just about to hold a communal Friday night party to celebrate the birth of a grandson.
The attacks can happen anywhere: In a holiday market outside a historic church in Berlin, on the street during a national holiday in France, in an airplane over Scotland or during the first day of school in a small town in Russia.
Sometimes, a plot fails – a detonator malfunctions or authorities make an arrest – and no one is injured.
Other times, an attack leaves a trail of death and destruction that can shake a nation, even a continent. But these incidents are nothing new.
Terrorism in Europe has killed 11,288 people in 18,811 attacks since January 1970, according to the University of Maryland National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism’s Global Terrorism Database, which tracks more than 170,000 foreign and domestic incidents worldwide.
Peaceful? Don’t tell France that
France’s deadliest year for terrorism-related deaths was 2015 with more than 140 deaths from two attacks in Paris.
In January 2015, three men who had ties with al-Qaeda in Yemen and the Islamic State shot and killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.
Ten months later, the country saw its worst terrorist attack in history when members of the Islamic State coordinated a series of shootings and bombings across Paris that left about 130 people dead.
In July 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhel, a Tunisian national, drove a truck into a crowd on the Promenande des Anglais in Nice, killing more than 80 people and injuring hundreds more.
Surely, there are those who will continue to lie, spin, and obfuscate about the causes of terrorism. We have heard all the excuses before. “Oh that is not true Islam”, “Islam teaches peace”, and of course the pathetic cries of “why do they hate us”. We hear Israel, the United States and the West blamed for our “imperialism”. Sure blame the nations that respect human rights and that treat women like people rather than cultures stuck in the seventh century. We have even been told that women in Europe must change to prevent being sexually molested by “migrants” Yes, everyone must change, except of course for the ones responsible. For them there is always an excuse isn’t there?
Frankly the number of terror attacks and honor killings committed in the name of Islam is mind-numbing. No, not all terror attacks are committed by Islamists, but the vast majority are, and it is not even close. No, not all, or even most Muslims are terrorists, or support terrorism. After all the biggest group of victims of terrorism are Muslim. But, we cannot bury our heads in the sand and lie the facts away. The vast majority, and again, it is not even close, of people who commit terrorist acts are Muslims. And, in the end, it will have to be Muslims that put an end to such barbarity. It will have to be Muslims that overthrow states that abet terrorism, and governments that enforce Sharia Law. It saddens me that I do not hear more Muslims saying what I have just said. It sickens me that Western leaders too often ignore the numbers and facts
The City of London has the highest murder rate in the land. While the authorities launch investigations into pork being left at a mosque or a hijab supposedly being torn off, crime continues to rise.
Gun control has worked so wonderfully well that gun crime in London rose 42%. When gun control advocates insist that we should be more like the UK, London’s 2,544 gun crime offenses probably aren’t what they have in mind.
But gun control does work in London after a fashion. Those gang members who can’t lay their hand on a firearm must make do with a sharp blade. Knife crimes in London rose 24% to 12,074 recorded offences. 60 people were stabbed to death last year.
Why? Here’s a hint from the Metropolitan Police’s assistant commissioner. “There are complex social reasons why more young people are carrying knives and this cannot be solved by the police alone.”
Those complex social reasons would seem to involve stabbing other people. But like Islamic terrorism, stabbings in London are one of those things that can’t be solved by the police. Unlike people saying mean things about Muslims on Facebook and Twitter which the Met cops are well equipped to solve.
Still the authorities have been doing their best to tackle stabbings with a knife ban. Carry a knife without a “good reason” and you can get four years in prison. Good reasons for carrying knives include using it as a prop in a production of Romeo and Juliet, taking it to a museum or “religious reasons”. The ban, which covers “sword-sticks”, samurai swords and “zombie knives” that are sold to fight zombies, isn’t working.
But it’s working well enough that many of the gangs responsible for the violence are turning to acid.
Acid attacks in London rose from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year. There have already been 199 acid attacks this year. Five acid attacks just happened in London in the space of little more than an hour.
Newham is the London borough with the highest number of acid attacks. It also has the second highest percentage of Muslims in the UK. 398 acid attacks occurred in 5 years in the area named as “the most ethnically diverse district in England and Wales”. 33% of Newham consists of non-UK passport holders.
But surely that’s some sort of random coincidence.
Except that the place with the third highest number of acid attacks is Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets is a Muslim no-go zone. It has one of the smallest native British populations in the country. 35% of the population is Muslim. Most of those are Bangladeshis with a healthy sprinkling of Somalis.
There were 84 acid attacks in what has been dubbed “The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets”.
Also, entirely by coincidence, Bangladesh has the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. But if anyone suggests that these two statistics are related, the Met police will investigate them for hate crimes.
The second highest acid attack location in London was Barking and Dagenham, a growing Muslim enclave which elected its first Muslim mayor whose plans include holding an Islamic festival “for the whole community—regardless of religion”.
Barking is a wonderful place where you have the choice to be Muslim or Muslim. Regardless of religion.
The native British population made up 80% of Barking in 2001. Now it’s fallen to less than half. According to the 2011 census figures, “All religious groups have increased except for Christian and Jewish religions”. This was where Islamists brandished signs reading, “British soldiers go to hell”.
Now why in the world might Barking be a haven for acid attacks?
Fifth on the acid list is Redbridge where the native British population fell by 40,844 in a decade. The last census showed British and Irish natives fleeing Redbridge while Pakistanis and Bangladeshis stormed in. The Christian and Jewish population fell while the Muslim population rose 11%. So did the acid attacks.
Pakistan has one of the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. It lags behind Bangladesh. But fortunately Redbridge boasts a diversity of both Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. And acid attacks.
But surely this is yet another unfathomable coincidence. Like 2 + 2 equaling 4.
Hackney, sixth on the list, was where a Sharia patrol pal of the Muslim beheaders of British soldier Lee Rigby, posted videos boasting “British people will never be safe on the streets of London.”
They certainly aren’t safe in Hackney.
What is the saying? There are none so blind as those who will not see? We are seeing the results of this willful blindness by Western governments more clearly every day.
Two things must happen. First the West must wake up and grasp that allowing unchecked immigration of Muslims is a very bad idea. Compassion is wonderful, but it must be applied with wisdom and a sense of reality. But will we wake up?
Secondly, Muslims must take the lead in the reformation of their faith. If they tell us that terrorism is not the Islamic way then they must speak and reject it, and they must do so loudly. They must do the same with Sharia Law. Clearly the religion of Islam must cleanse itself.
The question is can it?