17 Radical Islamic Terror Attacks Against the West in 2017
As the Islamic State (ISIS) has lost ground in the Middle East, terrorists across the world have taken up the cause. Radical Islamic terror attacks have expanded across the world. The West has experienced far less than the Middle East, but the attacks are still notable.
Here are seventeen radical Islamic terror attacks in the West in 2017.
1. February 3, Paris, France.
In February, 29-year-old Egyptian Abdullah Hamamy attacked soldiers with two machetes at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Hamamy was shot in the stomach as he lunged at soldiers. No one was killed, but one soldier was injured.
President Francois Hollande said there is little doubt it was a terrorist attack, and authorities said the suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack. Hamamy's father, Reda al-Hamamy, a retired Egyptian police general, insisted his son is not a terrorist and accused the soldier of "using brute force with a poor young man."
2. March 22, London, England.
In March, 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians near the Palace of Westminster in London. He injured more than 50 people and killed four. After crashing the car, Masood abandoned it and fatally stabbed an unarmed police officer. He was shot by another police officer and died at the scene.
Masood reportedly said in a final text message that he was waging jihad in revenge for Western military action in Muslim countries. ISIS' Amaq News Agency said the attacker answered its calls to target citizens of the states fighting against ISIS.
3. April 3, St. Petersburg, Russia.
In April, a bomb went off on the St. Petersburg metro, eventually killing 15 and injuring at least 45 others.
The suspect, an ethnic Uzbek born in Kyrgyzstan named Akbarzhon Jalilov, had reportedly traveled to Syria to fight with ISIS.
4. April 7, Stockholm, Sweden.
In April, 39-year-old Uzbek Rakhmat Akilov drove a stolen beer truck into crowds along Drottninggatan (Queen Street) in central Stockholm. He killed five people and seriously injured 14 others.
Akilov had posted ISIS videos on Facebook and exchanged WhatsApp messages with ISIS supporters. He reportedly confessed to police, saying he had "achieved" what he could.
5. April 7, Queanbeyan, Australia.
On the same day as the Stockholm attack, two teenage boys slashed people at a station in the small town of Queanbeyan in New South Wales, Australia. The boys killed one man and wounded three others.
The boys reportedly wrote the letters "IS" in blood on the walls of the station. One of their mothers said her son had been radicalized in recent weeks and sympathized with the Islamic State.