(03/03/06 -- CHAPEL HILL) - The driver of an SUV that plowed into a group of pedestrians at UNC-Chapel Hill on Friday told police it was retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world, according to ABC News. It happened around noon Friday in front of Lenoir Hall on the campus, in a common area known as the Pit. Paramedics took six people to UNC Hospitals. Five had been released by Friday evening and the sixth was not expected to be admitted. Officials say none of the people were seriously injured. Three refused treatment at the scene. Chapel Hill police say they arrested the suspect, Mohammed Reva Taheriazar, 23, of Chapel Hill, shortly after the incident. Several witnesses were able to give police the rented Jeep Cherokee's license plate number. Police said they would charge Taheriazar, a psychology major who graduated from UNC last semester, with several counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Link to terrorism? Sources say Taheriazar told police he was seeking retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world, according to ABC News justice correspondent Pierre Thomas. Taheriazar apparently told police he tried to rent the biggest SUV he could find to use in the attack. By Friday afternoon, a police SWAT team had surrounded a Carrboro apartment complex where Taheriazar reportedly lived.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Around noon today, Mohammed Reva Taheriazar, a recent graduated of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, drove a rented Jeep into a crowd at the University. There were injuries, but fortunately no one was seriously injured. He told police he had tried to rent the largest SUV he could find. He also said he had done this 'seeking retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world'. From ABC11TV
I'm wondering why this is only a short blurb on one local news station. We all know that if the attacker had not been Muslim it was have been on the news over and over and over again. I try to wrap my mind around why our media, so-called intellectuals and elite continuously give a pass to bad behavior on the part of anyone who attacks Americans or Westerners on grounds of anything Islam. What is with that? If some redneck somewhere had driven his pick-up truck into the front of a Masque it would have been on the news repeatedly. Oh, and I almost forgot, this is referred to as an 'accident'. We really need to wake up. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ h/t Jihad Watch
Posted by Beth at 3/03/2006 10:40:00 PM