A UK court convicted Paul Moore of attempted murder for using his car to run over a Muslim woman as revenge for Islamic terrorist attacks.
Moore, 21, attacked 47-year-old Zaynab Hussein with his car on Sept. 20, 2017 and left her with permanently life-altering injuries, according to The Associated Press. In addition to the attempted murder of Hussein, jurors convicted Moore of attempted grievous bodily harm of a 12-year-old girl whom he tried to hit with his car after running over Hussein. The girl was unhurt, but Hussein suffered major injuries to her leg, pelvis and spine. Doctors saved Hussein’s life through extensive surgery, but she is now bedridden.
Moore’s attack came five days after an Islamic terrorist set off an improvised bomb that injured 30 people on the London District line tube at Parsons Green in West London. Moore’s use of a car in his attack mimicked the 2017 London Bridge attack in which three Islamic terrorists used a van to plough through multiple pedestrians before attacking people on foot with knives.
Prosecutors said that, according to testimony from Moore’s friends, he had been drinking heavily and told two friends riding in his car that he wanted to run someone over before he targeted Hussein in the street. The two friends jumped out of the moving car after Moore hit Hussein and turned around to run her over.
Hussein’s husband said after the conviction that Moore “wasn’t attacking terrorists. He was joining their ranks by doing what they do and attacking an innocent woman,” according to AP.
Moore has yet to be sentenced.
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