Is ISIS Behind the Seine-et-Marne Pizzeria Car Ramming?

A BMW has rammed into Pizza Cesena, a pizzeria at Sept-Sorts near La Ferte sous-Jouarre in Seine-et-Marne, France. 5 are reported injured with at least one dead, an 8-year-old girl. The driver has been arrested.

Is the Islamic State behind it? As of now it is unclear, but authorities are saying it was intentional but unlikely to be terrorism, reports RTL. They add that the 39-year-old driver told police that he wanted to commit suicide.

Car ramming is a hallmark of ISIS attacks.

In an ISIS magazine article from November 2016, ISIS suggested to jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS said that a lone wolf should use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.

Since then, ISIS has used vehicles for deadly attacks across Europe and the United States. Islamist vehicle ramming has also inspired non-Islamists in England and the United States, with a white supremacist using his vehicle to mow down protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.

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