At least eight people were killed after a pickup truck was driven through a bike path in New York City on Halloween.
The incident was called a “cowardly act of terror” that had echoes of many attacks that have taken place in recent years.
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Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan national, was arrested following the attack.
This year has seen a spike in incidents in which vehicles have rammed into crowds of people; they have taken place in countries such as Canada, England, France and the U.S.
Attacks like these have been credited to Islamist groups going back to 2008, but they’ve also allegedly been used by people with other ideologies. One suspect in an attack in London was motivated by hate for Muslims, prosecutors said.
Here’s a timeline of ramming incidents going back to 2006:
March 3, 2006 — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Iranian-American Mohammed Taheri-azar drove an SUV into a crowd of students at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, calling it revenge for the killing of Muslims, CNN reported. Nine people were hurt.
Oct. 20, 2014 — Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
Martin Couture-Rouleau, a man with known jihadist leanings, killed Canadian Forces warrant officer Patrice Vincent and hurt another soldier after he drove into them in a parking lot at a shopping mall in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Police shot Couture-Rouleau and killed him.
Oct. 22, 2014 — Jerusalem
Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi was shot and killed by police after he drove into a crowd at a Jerusalem rail station and killed a three-month-old girl and a tourist from Ecuador, CNN reported. He had reportedly published militant thoughts on social media. Israeli outlets said he supported Hamas, but his family denied this.
Dec. 21, 2014 — Dijon, France
A driver hurt 13 pedestrians following vehicle attacks in five parts of the city of Dijon, France in 30 minutes, USA Today reported. Witnesses to the attacks said they heard him shout “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great” in Arabic. The suspect was believed to be mentally unstable, NBC News reported.
Dec. 22, 2014 — Nantes, France
June 26, 2015 — Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France
Yassine Salhi allegedly drove a van into a building that contained flammable substances at a factory near Lyon. The attack set off a blast that injured several people. The decapitated body of Salhi’s boss was found near the site of the explosion. Salhi was later found dead in prison south of Paris, BBC News reported.
Jan. 1, 2016 — Valence, France
A soldier was hurt after a man twice drove a car into four soldiers who were standing watch over a mosque, USA Today reported. BBC News said that an older bystander was hurt after being hit in the calf with a stray bullet. The suspect was believed to have acted alone; authorities said jihadist material was found on his computer.
July 14, 2016 — Nice, France
Nov. 28, 2016 — Ohio State University
Eleven people were killed when Somali immigrant and student Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, drove a car into a group of people on the Ohio State University campus before he emerged from the vehicle with a knife and then charged at people, CNN reported. Police believed Artan was inspired by ISIS and Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida leader who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.
Dec. 19, 2016 — Berlin, Germany
March 22, 2017 — London, England
April 7, 2017 — Stockholm, Sweden
Four people were killed and 15 injured after Rakhmat Akilov, an Uzbek man, was suspected of driving a beer truck into a department store in Stockholm. Uzbek security services had warned Sweden that Akilov had been recruited by ISIS.
June 3, 2017 — London, England
June 19, 2017 — London, England
Welshman Darren Osborne was charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with an attack that saw a van driven into a crowd of people close to two mosques in north London. The van ran over worshippers as they were leaving Finsbury Park mosque, said the Muslim Council of Britain. Prosecutors have alleged that Osborne was motivated by hate for Muslims, and that he held extreme political views.
Aug. 9, 2017 — Levallois-Perret, France
Hamou Benlatrèche was apprehended after a BMW was allegedly parked in an alley before it rammed into a group of soldiers as they were heading out on patrol in the Parisian suburb of Levallois-Perret. The suspect was hurt in a gunfight that preceded the capture.
Aug. 12, 2017 — Charlottesville, Va.
A 32-year-old woman was killed and 34 people were injured after white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. White supremacist James Fields, 20, allegedly drove a car into a crowd of counter-protestors after a white national rally, killing Heather Heyer while also leaving another 19 injured. The clashes began on the night before the rally, as protesters marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches lit.
Aug. 17, 2017 — Barcelona, Spain
Aug. 17, 2017 — Cambrils, Spain
Sept. 30, 2017 — Edmonton, Alta.
Mike Chernyk before he was stabbed several times. The officer was later released. Abdulahi Sharif, a Somali national, was charged with five counts of attempted murder, five counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, one count of criminal flight causing bodily harm and one count of possession of a weapon.
- With files from Rahul Kalvapalle, Reuters and The Associated Press