The Islamic State has outlined very specific instructions for inflicting damage in a crowd by using a vehicle as a weapon in the terrorist organization’s monthly English-language magazine, Rumiyah. The article is accompanied by a photo of a U-Haul truck, with the caption, “An affordable weapon.” The tactic hearkens back to Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a lone jihadist who plowed a cargo truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France, this summer.
The article suggests political rallies, congested downtown streets, outdoor markets and “any outdoor attraction that draws large crowds” as targets, particularly “low security” gatherings that “are fair game and more devastating to Crusader nations,” PJ Media reports. The Rumiyah article is also accompanied by a photo from a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, with a caption suggesting the parade would be an excellent target.
“Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire. But unlike knives, which if found in one’s possession can be a cause for suspicion, vehicles arouse absolutely no doubts due to their widespread use throughout the world,” states the article, adding that cars are one of the “safest and easiest” weapons as well as “most successful in harvesting large numbers of the kuffar.” Kuffar is an Arabic term for “unbeliever.”
The article recommends staying away from budget sedans and “off-roaders, SUVs, and four-wheel drive vehicles.” These smaller vehicles lack the necessary weight and wheel span required for “causing a blood bath,” by crushing victims. Long semi trucks are discouraged because of the possibility of jack-knifing. What is more, jihadists should 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.”
Finally, the article reminds potential jihadists to take their vehicle for a test drive before the big event and make sure they have a full tank of gas, in addition to conducting surveillance “in an inconspicuous manner” on the target to check for things like speed bumps. READ MORE