Remedial ISIS Tutorial Steers Jihadists Toward Heavier, Deadlier Truck Attacks
The Islamic State just published a remedial step-by-step pictorial for lone jihadists on how to use a heavy vehicle to kill, walking would-be terrorists through how to acquire a vehicle and which targets to strike.
ISIS' monthly Rumiyah magazine, which publishes online in 10 languages including English, last covered vehicle attacks in their November issue "Just Terror Tactics" segment, using Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who plowed a cargo truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France, last summer, as their key example.
In that article, ISIS encouraged shying away from budget sedans and "off-roaders, SUVs, and four-wheel drive vehicles" that "lack the necessary attributes required for causing a blood bath" as "smaller vehicles lack the weight and wheel span required for crushing many victims." They recommended trucks with double wheels for "giving victims less of a chance to escape being crushed by the vehicle’s tires." Long semi trucks were discouraged because of the possibility of jack-knifing.
The terror group encouraged jihadists to find a vehicle with a "metal outer frame which are usually found in older cars, as the stronger outer frame allows for more damage to be caused when the vehicle is slammed into crowds, contrary to newer cars that are usually made of plastics and other weaker materials." A picture of a U-Haul truck was shown with the caption "an affordable weapon." A picture of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was shown with the words "an excellent target."
Shortly after the article was published, a ram-and-stab attack by Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan on a sidewalk full of students and faculty caused several injuries, but no fatalities. He used a silver sedan in the attack.
In December, Anis Amri hijacked a Polish semi truck and killed the driver, then plowed the big rig into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 11.
This March, Khalid Masood rented the Hyundai Tuscon he used to run over five pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the palace fence and stabbing a police officer. Last month, Rakhmot Akilov stole a beer truck and drove it down a busy Stockholm shopping street, killing four.
Eager to build on those attacks no matter the IQ of the jihadist, ISIS this week published the how-to with pictures -- trying to steer terrorists toward vehicles more like Berlin and Stockholm.
"The ideal vehicle," says the page, has a "slightly raised chassis and bumper," is a "double-wheeled, load-bearing truck" that "large in size, heavy in weight" and is "fast in speed or rate of acceleration."
Then comes the very remedial lesson on where to get the attack vehicle ("kafir" means disbeliever, while "murtadd" means apostate Muslim):
The suggestions for ideal targets also illustrates examples. Corresponding to "large outdoor festivals, conventions, celebrations, and parades" is a photo of an LGBT event.
A busy London street next to an Underground stop is shown as the "pedestrian-congested streets" example. After "outdoor markets," ISIS suggests "outdoor rallies," and uses a photo of a 2012 May Day rally in Paris.
After the Ohio State attack in which no one suffered life-threatening wounds, ISIS published a similar remedial pictorial telling lone jihadists how to go on stabbing sprees.
In the December issue of Rumiyah, ISIS told knife jihadists to aim for the neck, chest or stomach and to pick a suitable blade while not choosing targets above their skill level.