Sunday, 21 June 2015

Fatal car crash on crowd in Austrian city of Graz per BBC News

'At least three people are dead and dozens injured after a man drove his car into crowds in a square in Austria's second largest city of Graz.

The driver has been arrested, though police say there were no indications the attack was motivated by terrorism.

Part of the city was sealed off, with large numbers of ambulances and helicopters sent to the scene.

The square in Graz was hosting an event related to the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is being held nearby.The regional governor confirmed that three people had died and 34 were injured, some seriously.'
The BBC are at pains to report that the police rule out terrorism but tell us nothing about the alleged perpetrator.

Meanwhile The Independent gives us some more information:
'A seven-year-old boy is reportedly among the three people killed in Austria by a man who ploughed his car into crowds in the country's second-largest city and then reportedly started stabbing people.
A witness told the Wiener Zeitungnewspaper that dead bodies were left lying face down in the road after the vehicle sped through streets near the the historical Herrengasse in Graz.The killing only stopped when the driver parked his battered car outside a police station.
The driver, identified by police as a 26-year-old Austrian man of Bosnian heritage, has been arrested. He works as a professional driver and is married with two children.

Police are not currently investigating terrorism as a motive and the suspect is believed to be suffering from mental illness.'
Now The Independent is as politically correct as the BBC so I'm not surprised that both are taking the same angle over the police's words. I don't know anything about this attack or the alleged perpetrator but Bosnia is a country where the largest demographic religion is Islam. Muslims in Israel use vehicles as weapons to kill Jewish civilians and only last year Islamic State Islamic State issued a call to Muslims in the West:
"If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet … 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. If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car or business. Or destroy his crops."
'... or run him over with a car

But I am sure the Austrian Police are quite correct, terrorism is not indicated here, not even as a possibility that should be investigated.

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