Four Dead in Stockholm Truck Attack – WSJ

Source: Four Dead in Stockholm Truck Attack – WSJ

The Islamists have successfully weaponized trucks the way they weaponized airplanes on 9/11. You can’t put truck barriers everywhere, and you can’t screen truck drivers the way you screen people at airports. Situational awareness may help — have a place to dodge to if a vehicle heads toward you.

A man drove a heavy truck into a crowd in Stockholm’s busiest shopping area, killing four people in what authorities called a “terror attack,” and highlighting how exposed European cities are to the low-tech tactic of mowing down pedestrians with a vehicle.

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The rampage, which came a day after Sweden’s police, military and security services jointly practiced their terror-response capabilities, underscored the formidable security challenge posed by isolated attackers turning vehicle into weapons.

“It’s very difficult,” said Magnus Ranstorp, a professor at Sweden’s National Defense College. “If you put barriers in one place, they can attack somewhere else.”

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Islamic State claimed responsibility for those attacks, and has called on sympathizers to use vehicles to kill.

I suspect if this continues, people will start taking matters in hand at the scene of vehicular attacks, and the results won’t be pretty.

I also suspect people who aren’t aiming to kill and maim pedestrians should resolve to drive carefully. Take a defensive driving class and learn how to avoid accidents.