2017 Antwerp attack

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On March 23, 2017, a man drove his car at high speed through the main shopping street in Antwerp, Belgium, causing people to jump out of the way.[1] Police arrested the man, who was identified as 39-year-old "Mohamed R.", a North African-born Tunisian who was living in France.[1] Sources say that the man was under the influence of an unidentified substance.[2]


The car was seen driving at high speed along the Meir shopping street at 11:00 (10:00 GMT) and soldiers attempted to stop it. The driver evaded them, but the police sent a rapid response team, which arrested the man. Some bladed weapons were found in the boot of the car, along with a riot gun and a container of unidentified liquid. An army bomb disposal unit was sent to inspect the vehicle.[1]

After the suspect's arrest, the federal prosecutor's office took the lead in the case.[3] On March 24, 2017, "Mohamed R." was charged with "an attempt to murder in a terrorist manner, an attempt to hit and wound in a terrorist manner and arms infractions".[4][5][6]


Suspect, identified only as Mohammad R. (39), is a French national born in Tunisia and residing in France.[1][7] His car was found to contain knives and a shotgun.[8]


The attack was one of a growing number of Islamist vehicle-ramming attacks, including the 2017 Westminster attack, which occurred only a day earlier; the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack that killed twelve; and the 2016 Nice attack that killed 86.[9][5][10] Like the similarly increasingly common use of terrorist stabbing attacks, vehicle-ramming attacks are simple to carry out and extremely difficult for security services to prevent.[10][9][11]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Man held for 'driving at crowd' in Antwerp, Belgium". BBC. 23 March 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39369202. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  2. "Belgium driver on terrorism charge over Antwerp 'attack'". BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39380527. 
  3. "Man in Antwerp, Belgium, Tries to Drive Into Crowd". New York Times. March 23, 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/world/europe/antwerp-belgium-car-attack.html. 
  4. "Authorities file terror charges against Antwerp driver". Washington Post. March 24, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/authorities-files-terror-charges-against-antwerp-driver/2017/03/24/daddd4e4-1085-11e7-aa57-2ca1b05c41b8_story.html?utm_term=.401943b50a76. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Belgium driver on terrorism charge over Antwerp 'attack'". BBC. 24 March 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39380527. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  6. "Antwerp Driver Charged". AP. The Hindu. 25 March 2017. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/antwerp-driver-charged/article17660571.ece. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  7. Brunsden, Jim (23 March 2017). "Possible terrorist suspect arrested in Antwerp: Belgian state media". Fiinancial Times. https://www.ft.com/content/b73bd1bf-0cd6-331b-b171-fb299965ae93. 
  8. "Belgian police find 'knives and shotgun' in car after man tries to drive into crowd in Antwerp". The Telegraph. 27 March 2017. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/23/belgian-police-arrest-man-trying-drive-crowd-antwerp/. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Maher, Richard (29 March 2017). "To better fight terrorism, Europe needs more cooperation and money". Business Standard. http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/to-better-fight-terrorism-europe-needs-more-cooperation-and-money-117032900261_1.html. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Gertz, Bill (29 March 2017). "London Attack Spotlights ISIS Use of Vehicle Ramming". Washington Free Beacon. http://freebeacon.com/national-security/london-attack-spotlights-isis-use-vehicle-ramming/. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  11. Theodore Dalrymple (26 March 2017). "How Serious Is the Terrorist Threat?". City Journal. https://www.city-journal.org/html/how-serious-terrorist-threat-15077.html. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

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