On Thursday, an Islamic terror attack occurred in Barcelona, Spain, that killed at least 13 people and injured scores of others. The jihadists used a rented delivery van to carry out the attack. Large vehicles have been a preferred method for Muslims as of late, as we’ve seen in Israel, England, Germany, Sweden, and now, Spain.
However, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jim Sciutto, as well as MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance, figure the car-ramming death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville must’ve been the inspiration for the Islamic terror.
For CNN, Sciutto spoke with Blitzer over the phone:
“And the final point I would make, Wolf, is just know that, in light of the uproar over the last several days, five days apart you have whites supremacists in Charlottesville use a vehicle to kill and here you have — attackers at least following the modus operandi of terrorists using vehicles apparently to kill as well and that — those shared tactics that should be alarming.”
Blitzer agreed, saying, “There will be questions about copycats:”
“There will be questions, if not what happened in Barcelona, was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Even though they may be different characters and different political ambitions, they use the same killing device. A vehicle going at high speed into a group, a large group, of pedestrians.”
Newsbusters has the clip:
A short time later, Nance, who once wished for an ISIS suicide bombing the Trump Tower in Turkey, appeared on MSNBC issuing a similar proclamation:
“I have to put this into context. The attack in Charlottesville that we saw was just an American version of this same style of attack. And interestingly enough, with the intensity of information that we’ve had related to the Charlottesville incident over the last five days, it’s quite possible that may have precipitated this terrorist group’s, you know, desire to gain the limelight and carry out a similar attack.”
Here’s the video: