4 are dead and more are injured after a minivan crashed into a farmer’s market in Chikou Town, Changping, Beijing, China. It comes just days after an Islamic State attack truck attack in Berlin.
According to Fox News, Beijing police have detained the driver of the minivan but have not confirmed if the crash was intentional or an accident. According to The Sun, “Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said the injured have been taken to hospital for treatment.”
China has had problems with Islamist extremist attacks in the past but has not incurred an Islamic State attack. China’s Muslim population, known as Uighurs, a Turkish-speaking people of the western Xinjiang province, last carried out an attack in March 2014, when “eight knife-wielding assailants ran amok at Kunming’s train station in Yunnan province, leaving 29 civilians and 4 perpetrators dead,” according to Time Magazine. Another knife attack was carried out in June 2013 when knife-wielding assailants went on a stabbing rampage which killed 9 policemen and 16 civilians in the Lukqun Township.
In October 2013, a car attack was carried out in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square that killed 5 and injured dozens.
The most deadly confrontation transpired July 2006, in the capital of Xinjang, when Uighurs attacked Han Chinese after the police broke up protests by the ethnic minority group. At least 197 people were killed.
According to Foreign Policy, “Chinese state-backed media has claimed that 300 Chinese Muslims are fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.” The majority of these are Uighurs.
However, the car crash in Beijing is currently not a confirmed ISIS attack or even a confirmed terrorist attack.
Last month, an ISIS magazine article targeting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade instructed jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS suggested that a lone wolf use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.