Another jihad attack? Maybe.
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….
But authorities are already suggesting that the attacker is mentally ill. Of course. What else could he possibly be?
“Toulouse vehicle ‘attack’: Three injured as car hits students,” by Alix Culbertson, Sky News, November 10, 2017:
A car has been driven into three students near the French city of Toulouse, leaving two people in a serious condition.
French police told the AFP news agency that the man driving the Renault Clio was arrested immediately afterwards in Blagnac, in the Haute-Garonne region.
The source said that the 28-year-old driver told police he had acted “deliberately”, but was not on a list of known extremists.
According to local media reports all three students hit by the car were Chinese.
Two men aged 22 and 23, and a 23-year woman who was in am ore serious condition, were hit on a pedestrian crossing outside IGS College just before 4pm local time (3pm UK time), the reports said.
The driver attempted to drive off but was stopped by police and arrested straight away.
As he was arrested by police he told them he heard voices telling him to hurt someone, local media said.
Police say the man is known for previous minor offences, especially drugs-related.
French media has said the driver spent time in a psychiatric hospital and has a history of schizophrenia and drug use.
He said he wanted revenge, but did not specify what for.
Paul, a communications student at IGS Campus, told La Depeche: “I was in class and I heard sirens.
“We thought there was an accident because when we got off the campus there were a lot of police cars around.
“The school management did not explain what was going on.”…
Of course. To do so could have been “Islamophobic.”