A dark green Jeep Cherokee, registration number L808 RDT, travelling at a speed estimated by a witness as about 30 mph (48 km/h), struck security bollards in a terror ramming attack at the main entrance to Glasgow Airport. The vehicle was reported to have several petrol containers and propane gas canisters on board. One eyewitness said flames issued from beneath the car when it hit the building, while another eyewitness said it appeared the driver was trying to drive through the terminal doors. According to reports, the car was occupied by two "Asian-looking" men. When the Jeep failed to explode, one man (later identified as Abdulla) threw petrol bombs from the passenger seat and the other (Ahmed) doused himself in petrol and set it alight. Police indicated the vehicle burst into flames when it was driven at the terminal. An eyewitness noted that a man got out of the car and began to fight with police. Another eyewitness said that the man was throwing punches and repeatedly shouting "Allah". The man was arrested and later identified as Bilal Abdulla, a UK-born doctor of Iraqi descent who was working at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Another man exited the car and ran into the terminal building while he was on fire and began writhing on the ground, before being kicked in the testicles by an airport employee, John Smeaton, who was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his heroism.
― omar little, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:36 (one year ago) link
(I can hear Yakety Sax in the background when I read that)
― StanM, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:39 (one year ago) link
kicking someone in the bollocks while they writhing about on the deck, on fire, seems a strange definition of gallantry to say the least.
― calzino, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:40 (one year ago) link
He was wearing his best trainers though.
― Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 17:41 (one year ago) link
― liberally social (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 18:15 (one year ago) link
not seen such gallantry since this local "legend" known as Marbles was having a piss with one hand resting on an electric cement mixer, his brother thought he was being electrocuted and decided the best action would be to smash him hard in the back of the head with a shovel, to separate him from the device. He was never the same after that and started speaking in tongues and getting arrested for exposing himself to pensioners, which is a form of terror attack - so fair to say he was radicalised in some way!
― calzino, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:59 (one year ago) link
― the Joao looked at Jonny (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:10 (one year ago) link
Another layer to the smeato story is that there was another civilian, a taxi driver if I remember correctly, who intervened, did more, was injured, but was ignored by the press. Smeato came to prominence based on the TV interviews in the immediate aftermath which ended up on tv globally.
― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:27 (one year ago) link
if you aren't a fireman or five 0 you need to stay out of this hero game.
― calzino, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:34 (one year ago) link
my type of heroes don't fucking take selfies with shit royal trinkets or stand for minute's silences or do fucking stupid guard of honour type exhibitions with their stupid fucking fireman sam hats lined in front of them!
― calzino, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:39 (one year ago) link
well smeato is a not very smart working-class protestant from glasgow so he was basically guaranteed to be right into that stuff
― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:40 (one year ago) link
taxi driver made the front page of the Daily Record at least
so did they both kick the burning terrorist in the nuts, or what?
― soref, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:50 (one year ago) link
― liberally social (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:52 (one year ago) link
No wonder the guy died.
― Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 20:53 (one year ago) link
it would have been a different story if he was wearing a fanny-pack rammed with semtex, although not quite 2-0 to his nuts against the incoming kicking feet!
― calzino, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 21:00 (one year ago) link
Five victims in Strasbourg, France. Don't know whether they're wounded or dead.
It's a clichéd thing to say, but it always hits harder when you've lived there.
― pomenitul, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:00 (one year ago) link
Chances are they were targeting the Christmas market.
― pomenitul, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:01 (one year ago) link
Once had a mean viande de cheval in Strassbourg.
Not looking good, this. Xmas market indeed.
― lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:02 (one year ago) link
1 dead, 6 wounded. Shooter still on the run.
― pomenitul, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:09 (one year ago) link
Of course there's already talk on Twitter of how this is a government-devised conspiracy to distract us from the gilets jaunes.
― pomenitul, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:27 (one year ago) link
We going to talk about how an alleged Neo-Nazi tried shooting up a synagogue on Yom Kippur or not?
He couldn’t break in because the door was reinforced, but he shot two other people and streamed the whole thing on Twitch, great.
In a chilling echo of the Christchurch mosque shooting, the gunman recorded the attacks on a head-mounted camera and uploaded it online with an antisemitic and rightwing extremist rant. German media identified the killer as Stephan Balliet, a 27-year-old German citizen.One woman was shot dead outside the synagogue near a Jewish cemetery and one man killed in a nearby kebab shop.The German interior minister, Horst Seehofer, described it as an antisemitic attack.
The German interior minister, Horst Seehofer, described it as an antisemitic attack.
― gyac, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:11 (eight months ago) link
meant to bump this for the murdered Paris police officers too, nothing helpful to offer rn tho tbh
― nashwan, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 20:01 (eight months ago) link
I was going to post on this thread earlier but I couldn't remember what it was called.
― Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 20:14 (eight months ago) link
depressing, and part of a v.worrying trend of rising anti-semitism
― be goose, do crimes (||||||||), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 20:16 (eight months ago) link