Mass stabbing: Somali “asylum seeker” stabs five people, slashes 6-year-old’s throat

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RIMINI, ITALY – A 26-year-old Somali asylum seeker in Rimini, Italy reportedly wounded five people, including a 6-year-old boy, in what was described as a stabbing spree aboard a bus when he was asked to present his ticket by bus employees.

The incident reportedly occurred on September 11th, according to local reports, after 26-year-old Somane Duula was approached by two female controllers on the bus about presenting his ticket.

Duula reportedly stabbed both of the controllers and then a 6-year-old boy who was stabbed in the neck.

While fleeing and police on his trail, Duula ran down a side street near the railway station and stabbed two other women.

Police later apprehended Duula that same evening, and authorities say that Duula didn’t afford any true explanation for the incident, claiming that he had no recollection of the stabbings.

Duula did allegedly admit to taking cocaine shortly before the stabbing.

None of the people injured during the incident, including the child, suffered any life-threatening wounds and are expected to fully recover. However, the young boy did have to undergo surgery, with doctors reporting that the child nearly had his carotid artery severed.

Luckily, officials from the hospital confirmed the child’s surgery did well and he’ll recover.

After failing to acquire refugee status in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands after first entering the European Union in 2015, the perpetrator is thought to have been in Italy for a few months and sought asylum in said country.

The migrant had been residing in a Red Cross facility and had a “violent and aggressive” disposition, according to witnesses.

Stefano Bonaccini, president of the Emilia-Romagna Region, gave the following statement about the incident:

“What happened in Rimini is of unprecedented gravity. We are close to the injured people in Rimini, including a child. Before anything else, the thought goes to them and their loved ones. Thanks to the police for the prompt intervention that led to the arrest of the attacker.”

Matteo Salvini, the head of the national populist League (Lega), referred to the attacker a “damned thug” and expressed that he hopes no bleeding heart likens the suspect to a “poor thing”:

“Immigrant without a ticket stopped on the bus in Rimini, first stabs the two controllers, then three other people including a child, wounded in the throat. Damn thug, I hope nobody says ‘poor thing’…At your house and stop, right minister Lamorgese?”

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the nationalist Brothers of Italy party, denounced the attack and demanded that the Somali man “pays dearly” for his crimes:

“I am following with concern what happened in Rimini: a man of Somali origin allegedly stabbed 5 people on a bus, including a child, after refusing to show a ticket to the conductor. A thought and a prayer for the wounded. I hope this criminal pays dearly.”

The attack in Rimini came a little over a week after a 45-year-old African migrant allegedly stabbed a man with a broken bottle in Milan, as the victim was trying to protect his nine-year-old niece from the migrant’s forced sexual advances on the child.

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ISIS-inspired extremist killed after mass stabbing terror attack leaves six people wounded

(Originally published September 4th, 2021)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – A man who authorities say was a supporter of ISIS stabbed and wounded six people at a store in Auckland before he was fatally shot by responding police.

The New Zealand Prime Minister confirmed that the deceased suspect had been on the radar of law enforcement for roughly five years as a possible terroristic threat before the attack was carried out.

According to reports, the terror attack happened on September 3rd at a supermarket in Auckland, when a man only identified as a Sri Lankan national had removed a knife from a display case inside of the store and began stabbing shoppers.

Police reportedly responded quickly, fatally shooting the suspect within 60 seconds of the attack being launched inside of the store.

Video captured inside of the store during the police response appears to have captured the audio of when the suspect was fatally shot by police.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the attack, highlighting that the incident was caused primarily by the attacker’s adoption of an extremist ideology:

“What happened today was despicable.  It was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith, not a culture, not an ethnicity.  But an individual person who was gripped by ideology that is not supported here.”

Prime Minister Ardern also confirmed that the unnamed suspect had been on the radar of authorities since 2016 as being a possible terror risk. He had settled into New Zealand back in 2011 and was even arrested in 2020 under suspicion of possibly planning a terror attack.

However, a judge later cleared the suspect and Prime Minister Ardern said that they were no longer allowed to keep the suspect in custody at that time.

Kate Hannah, an extremism research fellow at Auckland University, commented on the case and the suspect’s reported extreme ideology, noting that much of this radicalization is now occurring online:

“This person most likely has been in that kind of echo chamber for a period of time.  He first came to government attention in 2016 and so obviously, potentially, since then has been exposed to this kind of material that has caused him to go down this path.”

New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said that the deceased suspect appears to have operated as a lone actor in the attack that transpired.

Prime Minister Ardern was faced with questions on whether the attack may have been a sort of retribution for the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings where a white supremacist gunned down 51 people between two mosques.

The Prime Minister said it’s not clear whether that influenced the incident from September 3rd.

Prime Minister Ardern could not publicly release the name of the deceased terror suspect, noting that previous suppression orders currently prevent officials from releasing certain information about the individual.

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Somali national arrested for stabbing 7-year-old British girl in the throat, killing her while she played in the park

(Originally published April 5th, 2020)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – A 7-year-old girl was brutally stabbed to death by a Somali national in the U.K. on March 22nd.  The girl was simply playing in the park when the attack occurred.

Considering the nationality of the suspect, it’s hardly surprising this murder has barely been covered in the media.

Emily Jones was with her father in the park on March 22nd, having a ride on her scooter when the unexpected attack happened. While little Emily was riding past a bench in the park, a 30-year-old Somali woman attacked the girl, stabbing her in the neck.

Rebecca Gardner, who serves as the police coroner’s officer, stated that Emily was rushed to the hospital, but the wounds were too great to save the young girl. The cause of her death was listed as “an incised wound of the neck.”

The unnamed suspect was reported as not knowing the little girl or her parents. She was later arrested for the alleged murder and was stated as being detained under the Mental Health Act.  

Alan Walsh, the Bolton Coroner’s Court acting senior coroner, was especially moved by the photos of the Emily that he received:

“I wish to say I have been truly touched by the photographs of Emily that have been sent to me. I send my heartfelt condolences to Emily’s family and friends, but particularly to her parents, who were present in the park and her father, who was nearby.”

With being a coroner, one has to become accustomed to seeing the aftermath of all sorts of deaths. Yet, this case troubled Walsh far more than any he’d encountered in his two decades as a coroner:

“In my 20 years as a coroner this is one of the most tragic deaths that I have dealt with and the loss of a beautiful, innocent, lively, intelligent and lovely seven-year-old in these circumstances is an unimaginable tragedy.”

One could only imagine what must be going through the parents’ heads in this time. The tragic loss is too much to consider already, but to be compounded by what would motivate someone to do this can make matters worse.

The parents of the slain girl released a statement about the loss of their daughter:

“We are beyond devastated that this random act of violence means that we will never get to see our beautiful little girl grow up into the wonderful young lady she was showing such promise of becoming.

It is truly heart breaking to wake up to a world without Emily in it and we cannot comprehend why this has happened.”

Emily’s parents fondly remember their daughter as someone with a “heart as big as her smile.” They spoke of her love for the outdoors, and her outgoing personality, likening her to that of a “social butterfly.”

Even during this tragedy, the young girl’s parents expressed gratitude toward the first responders who tried to save their daughter’s life:

“We would like to thank the members of the public that assisted us in the park and express our gratitude to the emergency services for doing their upmost to save Emily’s life.”

While the murder of a little girl is a tragedy on its own, people online are getting the feeling this story is being swept under the rug.

The general consensus from social media users sharing Emily’s story is that the media wants to bury details about her murderer because of the possible negative press around a Somali national.

That’s because Somalia is predominantly a Muslim country.

We see national coverage of possible hate crimes (which sometimes, turn out to be hoaxes) where no one is actually hurt or killed, so long as the alleged perpetrator is of Caucasian descent.

Yet, here we have so few details revealed about a woman suspected of murdering a little girl in broad daylight.

It’s normal to be mad. It’s understandable to be frustrated. But realistically, people should be outraged.

This little girl deserved a full life, and was robbed of it. Now, it seems that certain media outlets are avoiding the story because it doesn’t fit the narrative that people behind the scenes want pushed.

Remember Emily’s name, remember her face, and say a prayer for her family.

A parent strives to offer guidance to their children, make them smile on holidays and birthdays, and show them affection whenever possible. With all the things a parent wants to give their child, the last thing they hope to offer is a eulogy in their remembrance.

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