Road rage? Maybe. But maybe this kind of thing was also in Shahid Ali’s mind: 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….
Maybe Shahid Ali was just angry, but the way he reacted to his anger may have been influenced by a frame of reference that already included the use of a car as a weapon.
“Driver jailed for 12 years for running over pedestrian’s head in road rage attack because he thought he was holding up traffic had terror conviction,” by Ed Riley, Mailonline, April 19, 2018 (thanks to R.):
A driver jailed for deliberately running over a pedestrian he thought was holding up traffic has previously been convicted of terror offences.
Shahid Ali sped off after driving over Patrick Colbert’s head and his body in his Mercedes in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.
The 43-year-old, who dumped his car after the incident on July 11 last year, was acquitted of attempting to murder Mr Colbert but was convicted of causing him grievous bodily harm with intent.
But it has now emerged Ali, of Washwood Heath, Birmingham, had a previous conviction for assisting in acts of terrorism.
He was jailed for 27 months in 2009 for his involvement in sending four loads of equipment between 2004 and 2006 to Pakistan to be used against British forces and their allies fighting in Afghanistan.
He had previously admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Birmingham Crown Court.
Ali was told by Judge Paul Farrer QC: ‘You have been convicted of a very serious offence by the jury, one which will inevitably carry many years of imprisonment.’
In sentencing Ali to 12 years in jail, he said; ‘You were angry and I have no doubt that you shouted and swore at Mr Colbert, in effect telling him to get out of the road.’
He said the victim had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury with hemorrhaging over his brain and that the effects on him had been ‘profound and continuing.’
And he went on ‘This offence involved the deliberate use of a car as a weapon.’
It was also an aggravating feature, he said, that afterwards he had tried to remove and obscure evidence by wiping his vehicle….
Ali then deliberately turned hard right knocking the pedestrian over and causing him to hit his head on the ground.
But he didn’t stop and continued to drive over him slowly passing over the victim’s groin, chest and head….