11 injured in France’s second ‘Allahu Akbar’ attack

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Dijon, France – A driver shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers.

Two of the people injured in the car attack in the city of Dijon were in a serious condition, a police source said, adding that the driver had been arrested.
“The man, born in 1974, is apparently unbalanced and had been in a psychiatric hospital,” a source close to the investigation told AFP, adding that “for now his motives are still unclear”.

The man had targeted groups of passersby at five different locations in the city on Sunday evening in a rampage that lasted around half an hour, the police source said.

“Nine people were lightly injured and two others seriously but their lives do not appear to be in danger,” the source added.

Witnesses told police that the driver shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “that he was acting for the children of Palestine”, a source close to the investigation said.

Site where a driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ploughed into a crowd (AFP Photo/Arnaud Finistre)
Site where a driver shouting “Allahu Akbar” ploughed into a crowd (AFP Photo/Arnaud Finistre)

Police sources said the driver was known to police for petty offences dating back to the 1990s.
On a street in the city centre traces of blood and attempts by authorities to cover it up with sand could be seen, AFP journalists there said. Nearby, victims and their families were being cared for at a hospital.

Dijon prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare refused to comment when contacted by AFP.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls took to Twitter to express “solidarity” with those injured in the attack.

France is still reeling from a suspected radical Islamic attack on Saturday that saw a French convert to Islam shot dead after attacking police officers with a knife while also reportedly crying “Allahu Akbar” in the central town of Joue-les-Tours.

– ‘Lone wolf’ fears –
The assailant, Burundi-born French national, Bertrand Nzohabonayo seriously injured two officers — slashing one in the face — and hurting another.

The 20-year-old attacker also cried “Allahu Akbar” during the assault, said a source close to the case speaking on condition of anonymity.

The assault prompted the government to step up security at police and fire stations nationwide.

Nzohabonayo had previously committed petty offences but was not on a domestic intelligence watch-list although his brother is known for his radical views and once pondered going to Syria, the source said.

The anti-terror branch of the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a probe into that attack, with the line of inquiry focusing on whether it was motivated by radical Islam.
The weekend incidents in France come as governments around the world brace for so-called “lone wolf” attacks by individuals returning from waging jihad abroad, or who are simply following Islamic State group calls for violence in the countries involved in a coalition fighting the militants in Iraq and Syria.

The group has repeatedly singled out France for such attacks, most recently in a video posted on jihadist sites this week.

Last week in Australia, an Iranian-born Islamist with a history of extremism and violence entered a cafe and held people hostage for 16 hours before being killed. Two of the hostages also died.

Last year in France, a recent convert to Islam also stabbed a soldier in the busy Paris commercial complex and transport hub of La Defense.

And the main suspect in the murders of four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum in May, Mehdi Nemmouche, spent more than a year fighting with extremists in Syria.

Authorities in France believe around 1,200 nationals or residents are involved in one way or another in jihadist networks in Iraq and Syria.

Yahoo /AFP

  • FadiAbboud

    Murder -all in the name of a peaceful religion strikes once again. Is it just a coincidence or a random act of violence.. what is the common denominator between all of these horrific acts?

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Stupidity?

  • arzatna1

    Criminals should leave ‘Allahu Akbar’ alone.
    No religion ever calls for injuring pedestrians

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      And coffee drinkers..

  • vs

    Near Tulkarm two Israeli journalists arrested

  • vs

    On Saturday, in the commune of Joue-les-Tours in the central part of the country converted to Islam Frenchman attacked the police with a knife, wounding two people, and was killed. He also allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.” The authorities believe that not worth to bind these two crimes. President Francois Hollande urged citizens not to panic

    • vs

      In France, the second time in a day car driver intentionally knocked down a pedestrians, sending the car into a group of people on the Christmas market of the city of Nantes. The incident occurred on Monday, December 22, ten people were injured, according to Agence France-Presse.

      Motorist ran over passers-by, the self-inflicted knife wounds, trying to commit suicide. Currently, he is in intensive care

  • Reasonableman

    Thoughts and prayers to those innocent going about their daily lives and being made victim in the hate campaigns.
    Islam condemns the killing of innocent people!!

    The world leaders must get together and tackle the problem of islamaphobia. Alienating a group would only help reproduce more hate filled attacks.

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      You sound like the person who would murder someone then go to the funeral. How about world Islamic leaders get together and tackle the problem of terrorism? Alienating the whole religion will only produce more Islamophobia. We all want it fixed so you need to start with the basics.

      • Reasonableman

        That’s a big claim. Those who follow the correct teachings understand that killing innocent civillians is haram.

        If one innocent was killed it is asif humanity was killed that is how big the punishment is imagine killing humanity??

        Its obvious these “lone wolves” all suffer low self esteem and alienation. If you could resolve things peacefully then its better then carrying a gun and or taking away peoples god given freedom because of a few idiots in a car or a few delusional happy spastics who can’t hold their tongues over facebook.

        As for the extremists already holding guns ready to kill humanity they should be stopped immediately by muslims and non muslims at large (depending on their location)

  • vs

    On December 22 at the center of the Scottish city of Glasgow, garbage truck crashed into a crowd of people. At least six people were killed and dozens were injured.
    The tragedy, as reported by Sky News, occurred on George Square, where works Christmas market.
    According to eyewitnesses, the garbage truck was traveling at high speed, beating passers-by and hitting other cars. The truck stopped, crashing into the building of the hotel “Millennium”.
    Local police said that it was an accident, not a terrorist act

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      I didnt know stupid people could write. ……
      learn something new everyday.

  • zabada

    It is only 15% wahabis in Saudi Arabia.The rest is pure Sunni.There is now 40% sunni in Iran.America zionist make big mistake to mess up with sunni in Iraq..zionist movement now confront nearly 2 billion sunnis all over the world..6 black flag can,t be defeated…many will host black flack..it is not easy to destroy 6 black flag,what supported by 2 billion people. ..in near future these black flag will reach Israel and massacred Israelis Jews and it Zionist armies,Americans.Who dinging the well to trap others….he eventually will jump in to it.They already mass up with wrong people.Jews always created strong enemy to kill them.Hitler,Stalin is an example.Zionist bankers make huge profit if there are wars.But the last war the have created will destroy them.Arrogant people always make mistake.At the past Christians who killed them,in Germany and Russia,but Christians spared many of Jews.In last wars it is muslims who will butchered them.Jews must be wipe out at all.Jews lured Christians to convert to Zionism..a new religion in the west..and teach them to plant crimes on the earth..deluded Christians and trapped them and treated them as Jew,s slaves…if there are still Zionist banks,the world will not stop engage in wars.Most modern wars is Zionist Bankers wars.These banks lured Christian to as slaves to Zionism,do crimes and terror for their master,Zionist Bankers in the west.Jews is only the true terrorist on the earth.

    • watchdog

      You are one crazy…person the Muslims own all the oil wells they got more money than all the bankers together..you take all the money for your oil while poor people eat off the street …while the Muslim oil man cruise in trillion dollor yachts..while they screw the world with there 140 dollar oil …and have the USA protect them..when your black flag cones close to Israel the IDF has a big surprise for them ..They will run home with there tail between there legs..If any of them survive…….come and get some sucker

      • zabada

        I guess you are really the real salve to Zionist Jews.Congratulate.

        • watchdog

          Join the discussion…you are areal slave to Muslims terrorists iss

          • zabada

            people will fight if they are oppressed by others,not only muslims.It is common sense.

      • zabada

        see homeless in the west.Sleeping on street.Not a single people in Saudi is sleeping on any street.

  • doron

    is it a good time to pop the “told you…!”?
    the writing was and still is on the wall, lets see now how Europe handles it now that it is forced to

    • 5thDrawer

      Never a good time to pop that one, Doron … everyone hates to hear it. :-)))
      (remember all the curious ‘bus’ accidents ?? ) (ISIS DID SAY … ‘Any Means Possible’.}

      • doron

        you are right- it’s like rubbing salt on open wound.
        still- Euro states should get their heads out of the sand if they want to save some of their culture and way of life