A car ramming in Islington, a borough of London, has people wondering if it is related to the March 22 attack on Parliament and Westminister Bridge carried out by Islamic State “soldier,” Khalid Masood.
Police were called at approximately 22:55hrs on Saturday, 25 March to reports of a car in collision with a number of people in Essex Road, N1. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene; initial reports state four people are suffering injuries – their condition awaits. The occupants decamped from the car and fled the scene on foot. One male has been arrested; enquiries continue. While enquiries into the circumstances continue, this is not being treated as terrorist related.
Reports of a driver running down pedestrians does fit ISIS’ M.O., however, as proven from Wednesday’s attack that was claimed by the Islamic State.
In an ISIS magazine article from November 2016, ISIS suggested to jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS said that a lone wolf should use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.
Soon after, an ISIS-inspired student carried out vehicular attack on Ohio State University. The perpetrator, Somali-born Abdul Razak Ali Artan, also carried a machete. ISIS later claimed the attacked and named Artan as one of their “soldiers.”
A similar attack claimed by ISIS was carried out on July 14, 2016 at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Bouhlel is responsible for murdering up to 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them.
Another vehicular attack was carried out on a Christmas market that killed 12 and injured 48 at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany. The Islamic State also claimed this attack.
Islamic State sympathizers are posting celebratory memes online following a terrorist attack on Parliament and Westminister Bridge in London this morning.