The French-Tunisian terrorist who drove a massive truck 1.2 miles through a crowd of thousands in Nice Thursday, killing 84 and critically injuring more than 50 others, used a well known Hamas terrorist tactic.
The attack mirrors the exact tactics of Islamic extremists used recently in Israel that have left more than 38 people dead since the beginning of Israeli unrest in 2013.
Just 24 hours before the attacks in Nice, a Palestinian man was killed by Israeli border guards when he charged the security point checkpoint at a high speed. The man was using a well known Hamas tactic of ramming cars into Israeli soldiers and civilians in the West Bank to wreak as much havoc as possible. In December 2015, a Palestinian man drove his car straight into a crowded bus stop.
ISIS’s senior spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, noticed the success of the Palestinian attacks inside Israel and began calling for copy cat attacks throughout the west. In 2014, Adnani said, “If you cannot (detonate) a bomb or (fire) a bullet, arrange to meet alone with a French or an American infidel and bash his skull in with a rock, slaughter him with a knife, run him over with your car, throw him off a cliff, strangle him, or inject him with poison.”
Hamas and ISIS’s tactics reflect a sea change in terror tactics since the beginning of the war on terror. As the west has restricted access to conventional terrorist weapons such as firearms and explosive material, terrorists are increasingly resorting to using household items to continue wreaking as much havoc as possible. ISIS’s bombs crafted for the paris attacks were made using items you can buy at a grocery store, and Palestinians have increasingly relied on their vehicles and household knives to wantonly kill civilians.
France is now beginning to reckon with the same problem that has plagued Israel for years, dealing with a radicalized population that will use any means at their disposal to kill as many innocent people as possible.
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