(Terrorist Muhammad Abu Al-Kiyan (middle, dark jacket) being shot at by a civilian, along with an Israeli bus driver, while carrying out a knife attack in Beersheva, Israel, on March 22, 2022. Source: Screenshot/Twitter.)
Michael Barak, a senior researcher on terrorism and radical Islamic networks, told JNS that ISIS calls on its supporters to use a combination of vehicle-ramming attacks and sharp blades for “maximum carnage.”
Muhammad Abu Al-Kiyan, an Israeli man in his mid-30s from the Bedouin town of Houra who murdered four Israelis in a combined car-ramming and knife-stabbing attack in Beersheva on Tuesday, appeared to have acted in line with instructions found in ISIS attack manuals, a senior terrorism expert has told JNS.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.” 1 Samuel 1:2
Al-Kilyan first ran over a cyclist and then stabbed to death a gas-station employee, as well as two women and a man, in the worst terror attack Israel has seen in recent years. Police said he appeared to have acted alone.
The terrorist was shot dead by an Israeli bus driver and a second civilian on the scene, video footage posted on social media showed.
“In principle, his activity is similar to ISIS. In its manuals, ISIS calls for ‘lone-wolf’ attackers to use vehicles for ramming attacks, and when these can’t drive any further, to stop and use sharp knives for stabbings,” explained Michael Barak, a senior researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya who teaches courses on terrorism and Islamic radical movements.
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