Europe is on high alert following yet another Islamic Terrorist Attack, this time in Vienna, Austria. This latest attack comes on top of three terrorist attacks in France last month. It is a double punch for Europeans that are now going back into lockdown due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases on the continent.
Christian Science Monitor reported, “An Islamic extremist armed with an automatic rifle and a fake explosive vest rampaged through a crowded Vienna nightlife district hours ahead of a coronavirus lockdown, leaving four people dead before he was killed by police, Austrian authorities said Tuesday.
The suspect in Monday night’s attack was identified as a young Austrian-North Macedonian dual citizen with a previous terror conviction for attempting to join the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.
The attacker, identified as Kujtim Fejzulai, was sentenced to 22 months in prison in April 2019 because he had tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. He was granted early release in December under juvenile law.
Some of the circumstances are reminiscent of the case of Usman Khan, who stabbed two people to death in 2019 in central London. Khan had been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being convicted for his role in a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange. He was released in December 2018 after serving half his sentence, as are most prisoners in Britain. While in prison, Khan had begun working with a program that seeks to rehabilitate criminals through storytelling and workshops.”
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the four who died were an elderly woman, an elderly man, a young male passer-by, and a waitress. Another 22 people were wounded.
In the past month alone, three terrorist attacks have been carried out by radical Islamists in France. Two of them occurred in the Paris area, and one in Nice.
In a Paris suburb, a teacher was violently beheaded for showing depictions of the Prophet Muhammed to her class. Radical Islam is opposed to free speech when it comes to their religion, and they enforce that with extreme prejudice.
Another person was attacked at a Paris television company, and then yesterday, it was reported that three parishioners had been killed at a church in Nice by a knife-wielding attacker.
The BBC reported, “two women and a man were attacked inside the basilica in the morning before the first Mass of the day.
Two died inside the church. One of them, a 60-year-old woman who has not been named, was ‘virtually beheaded’ close to the font, according to the French chief anti-terrorism prosecutor.
Twenty years after the war on Terrorism began, Islamic jihadists are still carrying out barbarous attacks, not in a coordinated collaboration, but by “lone wolves” who are radicalized online and in certain mosques.
A global pandemic isn’t preventing these lone wolves from carrying out horrific acts in the name of a demented ideology. The United Kingdom is now on its second-highest alert and Europeans are left wondering: Where is the next attack going to occur?