A man drove his van into a crowded Christmas market in France injuring 11 people. This was the latest “lone wolf” attack in three days.
Earlier attacks this week in France on Sunday night saw a driver in Dijon go on a half an hour rampage, killing two people and another on Saturday night in Tours where an attacker slashed policemen with a knife before being shot.
In both of those attacks, witnesses said the perpetrator shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great in Arabic).
Police are saying that this latest attack, in Nantes, was clearly inspired by the other two. However they are attempting to rule out Islamist terrorism as a motive, instead focusing on the history of mental illness of the perpetrator.
In a recent appearance on Fox News (see below), Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro said that while mental illness may have played a role in the attacks, it doesn’t mean that the incident should not be looked at as a terrorist attack.
“Not every person that has mental instability yells ‘Allahu Akbar’ and then goes and rams their car into a crowd of civilians. The Islamist ideology, the concept of jihad, clearly was at play even if the person was mentally unstable” he commented. “It helped shape the results of that mental instability”…
I suspect they less in denial than in a panic to try to stop French citizens from associating Islam with terrorism. It won’t work, of course.