The driver, who was in his forties, hit groups of pedestrians in five parts of the eastern city before being arrested, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said on French television. Eleven people in all were injured, two of them seriously, officials said.
According to testimonies on the scene, the driver also invoked “the children of Palestine”‘ to explain his actions, the ministry’s spokesman said. France’s Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said “the man acted alone,” and that the suspect was known to police for crimes committed in the 1990s. A day earlier, French police in a Tours suburb shot and killed a man also shouting “Allahu Akbar” who had stabbed and wounded three officers in a police station.
Disgusted with all this violence, American Muslims have responded: They’re Organizing a “Million-Muslim Voter Drive” to make sure politicians don’t pick on them.
A coalition of U.S.-based Muslim groups claiming that anti-Muslim backlash is on the rise in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino hopes to register one million people to vote before the 2016 election as part of a “civic empowerment initiative.”
One speaker, ISNA vice president Atlaf Husain, urged local, state and federal politicians who “aspire to political victory” to engage Muslims.
He also cautioned: “If you as a political candidate choose to spew hatred, bigotry and to vilify Muslim-Americans, you do so at your own political risk. We will use every democratic — small ‘d’ — democratic means political strategies to ensure that your candidacy never succeeds.”
“Let it be clear to all political candidates, be it Donald Trump, or whoever else, that if you engage in Islamophobia, if you engage in demagoguery and bigotry, you will pay a political price because we’re going to register our people and we’re going to take our souls to the polls and make sure you’re out of there.”
Nice to know that our Islamic citizens are on the job.
UPDATE: Greenwich/Stamford Muslims meet with Jimbo Himes and Stamford police to voice concerns about violence towards Muslims.They concede that they’ve heard of no such attacks being directed at Muslims in the area, but insist that there probably are, they just aren’t being reported. No worries about attacks going in the other direction being reported, that’s for certain.