7 attacks in which vehicles were used to ram into people

The attack in Nice, which has claimed at least 84 lives, is the deadliest attack to involve a vehicle ramming innocent people, but not the first of its kind.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Police officers, firefighters and rescue workers at the Promenade des Anglais in Nice after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera resort.

Updated Jul 16, 2016

Last night's tragedy in France, involving a vehicle running over citizens who were viewing Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, is the deadliest attack of its kind but not the first such fatal incident to have taken place across the world.

Given below is a list of seven fatal ramming attacks which took place over the past seven years:

Nice, France - July 14, 2016 

Forensics officers and policemen look for evidence near a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016.

At least 84 people, including 10 children, were killed and scores injured on Thursday night when a gunman at the wheel of a truck plowed into a crowd of thousands celebrating Bastille Day at the French Riviera in Nice.

Media reports suggest that the attacker, who was identified by a police source as a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, had also opened fire before officers shot him dead.

Jerusalem, Palestine - November 5, 2014

An Israeli firefighter walks at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

One person was killed and 13 others injured when a Palestinian man rammed his minivan into pedestrians, who were waiting for a train, in the Palestinian city of Jerusalem on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Ibrahim al-Akari, a 38-year-old Palestinian, then damaged several cars whilst trying to reverse down the street. He was killed by police after he got out of his car and attacked civilians. 

Jerusalem, Palestine - October 22, 2014

Israeli policemen inspect a car wreck in Jerusalem October 22, 2014.

A baby died and eight other people were hurt when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop, on October 22, 2014.

Police later shot the driver, identified as 21-year-old Adbel-Rahman Shaloudi as he fled, a police official said. Police described the actions of the Palestinian man of East Jerusalem as a "terrorist attack."

A hospital official said the driver later died of his injuries. The US State Department also later said that the baby was "reportedly an American citizen," but did not elaborate.

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada - October 20, 2014 

Police investigators take photos at the scene where two soldiers were struck in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

A soldier was killed and another suffered injuries in a car ramming attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, on October 20, 2014.

The driver, reported to be Martin Couture-Rouleau, ran over the soldiers in a parking lot of a shopping mall. 

As he tried to escape from the scene in his car, he was chased and shot dead by the police. Authorities later termed the incident an act of terrorism.

Jerusalem, Israel - August 4, 2014

Police officials and investigators collect evidence and inspect the site where a Palestinian man overturned a bus after running over a citizen in Jerusalem on August 4, 2014.

A Palestinian killed an Israeli citizen by crushing him with a construction vehicle and overturned a bus with a construction vehicle on August 4, 2014. 

Police shot dead the driver of the digger who was identified as a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. They described the incident as a terrorist attack. Police officers shot him dead.

There were no passengers on the bus, in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of the city. 

London, Great Britain - May 22, 2013

Forensic investigators examine the site in London where two men rammed a vehicle into a British solder and hacked him to death.

Two Muslim men rammed a British soldier with a vehicle outside Woolwich Barracks in southeast London and then attacked him with a meat cleaver and knives in broad daylight on May 22, 2013, witnesses said.

The two attackers where shot by police and arrested. The two were later convicted for murder.

The murder provoked a rise in hate crimes against Muslims in Britain and made international headlines as a video of one of the attackers, with blood-soaked hands standing in the street, travelled around the world.

Apeldoorn, Amsterdam - May 1, 2009

No royals were hurt in the deliberate attack by a 38-year old Dutchman, police said.

At least five people were killed and 10 others wounded when a Dutchman tried to ram his vehicle into a bus carrying members of the Dutch royal family during a parade in Apeldoorn on May 1, 2009.

The attacker was declared a terrorist for his deliberate attempt to hit the royal vehicle. He later succumbed to his injuries during treatment at a local hospital.

The motive behind the attack by 38-year-old driver, identified by local media as Karst Tates, was unclear. No weapons or explosives were found when police searched his house and there were no signs that others were involved in planning the attack.

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