It’s a time of fasting and prayer and…well, you know. Since the evening of June 17, when the holiday began, let’s count the corpses.
Remember the killing spree in Graz, Austria? Me neither:
The Graz van attack occured on June 20, 2015, as Alen Rizvanovi? drove a SUV at high speed through the center of Graz, killing three people in a matter of minutes and injuring 36 others, some of them seriously.
The perpetrator, Alen Rizvan Rizvanovi?, now 26, had fled his Bosnian home Bihac at the age of four together with his parents and moved to Austria, where he became an Austrian citizen and where he worked as a driver. He was under a restraining order keeping him away from the home of his wife and two young children ever since a domestic violence report was filed against him last month. One of the reasons for his violence was that he wanted his wife to wear an Islamic headscarf.
There are claims from witnesses that Rizvanovi? had shifted to a stricter interpretation of Islam.
I was inclined to exclude this one, but as the body count is small, why not count them?
The Taliban are always good for random killings. Why, just five days ago:
On June 22, 2015, the Taliban detonated a car bomb outside the National Assembly in Kabul, and Taliban fighters attacked the building with assault rifles and RPGs.
The UN mission in Afghanistan says a woman and a child were killed in the attack, and 40 civilians were injured.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said said all seven attackers were killed by police and no MPs were wounded.
Keep your wounded out of this. We just want the dead. That’s nine more (including the seven terrorists).
Bobko Haram has been quiet lately. Wassup wid you guyz?
At least 42 people were shot dead by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in attacks on two villages in northeast Nigeria’s restive Borno state, a police officer and a resident who fled said on Wednesday.
Restive. I’ll say!
But you can’t touch ISIS when it comes to stiffs:
On 25 June 2015, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant detonated three car bombs in Kobanî, close to the Turkish border crossing.  It has been reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the attack killed at least 146 civilians. Kurdish forces and the Syrian government claimed the vehicles had entered the city from across the border, an action denied by Turkey. IS also committed a massacre in the village of Barkh Butan, about 20 kilometres south of Kobanî, executing at least 23 Syrian Kurds, among them women and children.
That’s a subtotal of 169.
Then, yesterday dawned.
On the morning of 26 June 2015, at around 9:30 local time, a Muslim delivery truck driver gained entrance to the grounds of an Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near the city of Lyon in a van, with his 54-year-old boss also inside the van. He had decapitated his boss, and stepped out of the vehicle to pin the head to one of the factory fences alongside two jihadi banners. The severed head had a cloth thrown over it with the Shahada written on it: “There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet,” while the body and a knife were found on the ground nearby. The driver then got back in the van and attempted to blow up the building by ramming several gas cylinders, causing explosions.
A suicide mosque bombing took place on 26 June 2015 in Kuwait at a Shia mosque. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A suicide bomber attacked the Shia Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq mosque in the Sawabir district of Sharg area in Capital Governorate. The attack occurred during Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, factors that made the mosque more crowded than usual. At least eight people were immediately killed in the blast [now 24], which heavily damaged parts of the building.
On 26 June 2015, the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel, a five-star property at Port El Kantaoui, a tourist complex situated on the coast about ten kilometres north of Sousse, Tunisia, was hosting 565 guests mainly from Western Europe and was occupied at a rate of 77%. Tourists from the hotel as well as from the Soviva Hotel located nearby went to the beach to swim and sunbathe.
At around noon, 22-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui (also known as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani) from Kairouan, disguised as a tourist, socialized with others, then he took out a Kalashnikov rifle from under a beach umbrella and opened fire on the tourists on the beach. He entered the hotel, shooting at every individual. He was later killed by security forces after an exchange of fire. It is suspected that another gunman took part in the attack.
Forty people, mostly Western tourists, were killed.
Al Shabaab militants attacked an African Union Mission to Somalia base in the Leego district of Somalia and killed more than 70 African Union soldiers [actually, only 30] and seized control of their military base on 26 June 2015. A military outpost with around 100 Burundian soldiers was attacked by militants with a car bomb, machine guns and RPGs.
Three other Islamist attacks took place on the same day in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait. The attacks followed an audio message released three days earlier by ISIL senior leader Abu Mohammad al-Adnani encouraging militants everywhere to attack during the month of Ramadan.
So, that’s 96 dead yesterday, added to our running total of 223…
319 dead people And let’s not be so heartless not even to mention the wounded: 394
In ten days’ time.
A series of attacks targeting public places killed 12 people in Baghdad on Saturday, said Iraqi authorities, as the prime minister announced the arrest of an aide to Saddam Hussein.
Ramadan continues through July 17th. You’ve been warned.
PS: I set the over/under at 1,000. Who wants action?
PPS: Dylann Roof shoots nine people dead in cold blood, not out of any love for the Confederacy, yet the Confederate flag goes into hiding. We’re at 319 people dead at the hands of Muslim terrorists (many of the dead Muslims themselves), but do symbols of Islam seem on the wane to you? Me neither.