Terrorist Brahim Aouissaoui illegally crossed the EU border with other migrants
The latest Islamic terror attack in Europe — where a knife- and Quran-wielding jihadist fatally slashed three people in a church in Nice, France (nearly decapitating one of them) — can now be added to the world’s newest but still largely unread book on terrorist travel tactics: He illegally infiltrated Europe’s borders posing as a migrant-refugee to reach his French target, according to French officials.
In entering Europe using this highly effective clandestine infiltration method, 21-year-old Brahim Aouissaoui joins scores of attacking, plotting Islamic terrorists who have crossed Europe’s borders as illegal aliens since 2014, hiding among numerically greater migrants and refugees — and still come even though Europe’s so-called migrant crisis supposedly ended in 2017.
The accused border-infiltrating terrorist is a Tunisian who, apparently angered by France’s recent vow to uphold the free-speech right of cartoonists to draw Prophet Muhammed, illegally voyaged September 14 over the Mediterranean Sea on a migrant boat and reached the Italian island of Lampedusa on September 20.
The Italians quarantined him there for 14 days with the rest of the migrants as part of a coronavirus containment policy. Aouissaoui registered with the Italian Red Cross and received an official identification card but did not apply for political asylum, according to a report in The Guardian. On October 9, he somehow made his way on a small boat to the Italian mainland port of Bari.
There, with so many Tunisians clogging Italy’s repatriation process, the authorities released him with an “exit slip”, requiring him to leave the country within seven days. A similar kind of process occurs on the American southern border during migrant surges, where migrants are released with a “notice to appear” in court.
Of course, Aouissaoui did not go home. He used his Italian Red Cross identity card to board a train for France. It arrived Thursday, the same day Aouissaoui staged his bloody attack inside the church, shouting “Allahu akbar!” (God is greatest) even as police shot and critically wounded him.
The Nice knife attacker’s method of reaching his target is hardly rare. It’s only the latest of many just this year, which tragically demonstrate how this new global terrorist border infiltration phenomenon has continued unabated in the year since the Center for Immigration Studies quantified and analyzed it in the study titled “What Terrorist Migration Over European Borders Can Teach About American Border Security”.
As many as 150 terrorists who got through Europe’s land and marine borders with other migrants since 2014, by my count, have conducted scores of attacks that have killed and wounded many hundreds of people in a dozen countries.
These include the most recent beheading of a Paris schoolteacher for discussing the Mohammed cartoon controversy and four Tajikistani migrants caught plotting to bomb U.S. air bases in Germany this past spring.
Many of the migrant-terrorists came via Lampedusa Island and the sea route from northern Africa during the 2014-2017 European migrant crisis. They still do, as I reported here in May when Italians luckily caught the so-called “ISIS Rapper” Majed Abdel Bary, one of Europe’s most-wanted terrorists, after he, too, used the route on a migrant boat.