• Peter Bergen: Each ISIS and al Qaeda have urged that autos be used as weapons
  • Bergen: Such assaults are tough to protect in opposition to, could cause nice casualties

As soon as once more the world noticed photographs of what authorities are investigating as a terrorist assault carried out with a car — this time a truck in Berlin that plowed right into a Christmas market Monday, killing at the least 12 folks.

It was a extra deadly model of the terrorist assault three weeks in the past by Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a authorized resident of america, who rammed his car into a gaggle of individuals, injuring 11 at Ohio State College. Artan then attacked the group with a knife earlier than a police officer killed him.

Counterterrorism officers used to fret about truck bombs. Now in addition they have to fret about vans and different autos getting used as weapons, which might generate many casualties at crowded public occasions.

This was made vividly clear by the case of the terrorist who killed 86 folks with a truck. The victims have been celebrating the French nationwide vacation on July 14 on the promenade in Good on the south coast of France.

The usage of this tactic was proposed by al Qaeda’s Yemeni department in its webzine, Encourage, wherein it known as on potential terrorists within the West to make use of vans as a weapon. A 2010 article headlined “The Final Mowing Machine” known as for deploying a pickup truck as a “mowing machine, to not mow grass however mow down the enemies of Allah.”

4 years later, an ISIS spokesman encouraged related vehicular assaults, saying that followers ought to use a automobile to “run over” the enemies of ISIS.

Seemingly impressed by this name, Canadian Martin Rouleau Couture rammed his car into two troopers in Quebec on October 20, 2014, killing one and injuring the opposite.

Palestinian terrorists focusing on Israeli civilians have additionally regularly used autos as weapons.

What’s significantly horrifying is that Western civilians can simply be going about their on a regular basis enterprise and get mowed down, whether or not they’re at a vacation celebration in France, attending faculty in america, or on Monday visiting a Christmas market in Berlin.

Automobile and truck assaults are a few of the hardest to protect in opposition to as a result of they take no particular coaching, they don’t contain the preparation of weapons comparable to explosive units, and so they do not contain the acquisition of military-style assault rifles, which in lots of Western nations aren’t simple to acquire. But as now we have seen, these low-tech assaults might be fairly deadly.