Europe used to be my favorite playground whenever I had the money to vacation there. Now I have decided to stay in America and finally see the West, because the way things are going overseas these days, I may never set foot on European soil again. Any foreigner who chooses to go on holiday there is simply asking for it, particularly if they cannot pass as a Muslim. Researching terrorist attacks in Europe, I am shocked to learn that there have been far more than I knew of. What follows is a list of the most news worthy, leading up to this past weekend’s murderous debacle on London Bridge. Those that I heard or read about have been italicized.
July 14, 2016: Truck attack in Nice, France
On Bastille Day, France’s national day, a truck slammed into celebrating crowds gathered on the coastal resort town’s Mediterranean seafront, killing at least 84 and seriously injuring 18 others.
Two people broke into a Catholic church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning Mass, taking five people hostage. The assailants stabbed the church’s 86-year-old priest in the chest and slit his throat.
In an evening less than one week before Christmas 2016, a hijacked truck carrying Polish plates deliberately plowed through a crowded Christmas market in the center of the German capital, killing at least 12 people and wounding 50 others — the truck’s original Polish driver was among those killed.
An attempted attack by a knife-wielding man trying to enter the grounds of the arts museum in central Paris was stopped when a French soldier guarding the site opened fire, seriously wounding the suspected invader.
On March 22, an SUV deliberately rammed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before the driver got out and fatally stabbed a police officer outside the Houses of Parliament, in an attack billed by British police as being “inspired by international terrorism.” Four people in total were killed, including two tourists, one from the U.S. and another from Romania.
Three days before France went to the polls in the first round of its presidential election, a man shot police officers on the boulevard with an automatic weapon, killing one of them before he himself was killed.
- In Hanover, a 16-year-old German-Moroccan girl stabbed a police officer in the neck with a kitchen knife. Police said the incident, which occurred at the central train station, was the first jihadist attack in Germany inspired by the Islamic State. “The perpetrator did not display any emotion,” a police spokesperson said. “Her only concern was for her headscarf. She was concerned that her headscarf be put back on properly after she was arrested. Whether the police officer survived, she did not care.”
- In Prien am Chiemsee, an Afghan man stabbed to death an Afghan woman who had converted to Christianity. The attacker ambushed the woman as she was exiting a grocery store with her two children.
- In Munich, a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “infidels must die” stabbed one person to death and slashed three others in an attack at a train station.
- In Würzburg, on a train, an Afghan asylum seeker shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked five people with an axe.
- In Oberhausen, a man shouting “Allahu Akhbar” stabbed a 66-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man who were picnicking.
So-called ‘honor killings’ are also a problem in that country:
- In Kiel, a German-Turkish man stabbed to death his estranged Turkish wife in front of a daycare center.
- In Bocholt, a Lebanese man stabbed to death his Moroccan wife, the mother of his three children, because he thought she wanted to divorce him.
- In Scheeßel, an Iraqi man stabbed to death his wife. Police described the murder as an honor killing.
- In Ahaus, a Nigerian asylum seeker stabbed to death a Hindu woman after she seemingly offended his honor by rejecting his romantic advances. The woman was employed at the asylum shelter where her attacker lived.
- In Hanover-Mühlenberg, a Serbian man stabbed his ex-girlfriend after she ended their relationship and had begun seeing someone else.
- In Berlin, a 32-year-old Bosnian man stabbed to death his former girlfriend after she ended their abusive relationship.
- In Hanau, a Syrian refugee stabbed to death his 30-year-old sister, who was 23 weeks pregnant and was accused of having brought shame to her family. Her unborn child also died in the attack.
- In Freiburg, a Syrian asylum seeker stabbed his wife, a Kurdish Christian who had moved out of the couple’s apartment, but had returned to collect some personal belongings.
- In Köln-Buchheim, an Iraqi man stabbed to death his 19-year-old daughter because he did not approve of her boyfriend. The man may never face justice; he is believed to have fled to Iraq.
- In Bonn, a Palestinian brandishing a “Rambo knife” and shouting “Allahu Akbar” tried to behead a doctor. The attacker’s 19-year-old son had complained about the doctor’s treatment for a fractured leg. The man, holding the doctor down on the floor, said: “Apologize to my son. Go down on your knees and kiss his hand.”
The European spree began in France, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage on Jan. 8, 2015, at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The attack killed 17 people.
The steady stream of assaults has included large-scale attacks orchestrated in great detail by ISIS, like coordinated shootings and bombings in Paris in November 2015 that left 130 dead.