October 30, 2013
Islamist Terror Attack at Tiananmen Square Kills 5
An image from al Qaeda's Inspire magazine encouraging readers to use trucks to drive into crowds of people
The major caveat here is that this is the Chinese government calling the attackers "terrorists", so the-boy-who-cried-wolf rule applies.
Of course, the moral of that story is that sometimes there really is a wolf.
And, contrary to popular mythology, China isn't a homogeneous country. It's not a nation state: it's an empire. An empire where the Han majority rules with an iron fist over dozens of other ethnic minorities. And some of those minorities are Muslim:
The fiery car blaze at Tiananmen Square that killed five and injured dozens was a premeditated terrorist attack, Chinese police said on Wednesday after making five arrests in connection with the case.I'll also remind our readers that al Qaeda has urged its sympathizers to use low-tech terror weapons such as vehicles to kill and maim. The image at the top of the page is from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine. I don't know exactly what jihadi material was found with the suspects, but if I were a betting man I'd put a few dollars on Inspire magazine.
The five suspects arrested, as well as the driver and two passengers that died in the blaze, were all identified with names that suggested they were ethnic Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority from China's restive far-western province of Xinjiang.
Police also found flags with jihadist and extremist religious messages, appearing to support early reports that the apparent suicide attack may have been a particularly audacious act of religious and political protest at the symbolic heart of the capital.
Thanks to Ninja Pundit