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Terrorism greets the New Year, from Britain to Japan
by Laurie Mylroie
WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan24) – As the year 2019 began, Britain, Germany, and Japan all saw terrorist attacks, although each attack had a different political motive, and at least two of them may also have involved mental illness.
In the northern British city of Manchester, a British couple suffered serious injuries after being stabbed by a 25-year-old Somali immigrant wielding a large knife. The attacker lived in the city with his parents and four siblings.
The New Year’s Eve assault occurred at Manchester’s train station, and a video, taken by a witness on his cellphone, showed the suspect shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “Long live the caliphate.”
In Tokyo, shortly after midnight on New Year's Day, a 21-year-old Japanese man rammed his car into a narrow street crowded with pedestrians. The attack, in a district known for shopping and tourism, injured nine people, one of them seriously.