Sunday, 28 August 2011
Yesterday a Mohammedan - a 36-year-old Iranian asylum seeker - attacked the Austrian parliament, brandishing a knife, throwing stones and taking a woman hostage. After entering the parliament through the visitor centre, he tried to gain access to the inner parts of building. When confronted, he took a woman hostage with a knife, barricaded himself inside the rooms belonging to the security staff and demanded to see the Austrian President, Heinz Fischer. After about 20 minutes, a special security force known as WEGA used stun grenades to subdue the man, who was then disarmed and arrested.

There seems to have been virtually no international coverage of this incident. The Austrian press refers to the man only as an "Iranian asylum seeker", "apparently mentally ill", "a man in his 40s". There is, of course, no mention of the fact that he is a Muslim and no consideration of the possibility that this was a jihad attack.

This recalls the incident in Britain in which the Labour MP Stephen Timms was stabbed by the jihadist Roshonara Choudhry. With the exception of the Daily Mail, all news reports described her only as a "21-year-old woman", omitting to mention the fact that she was a Muslim wearing traditional Muslim garb. We had to wait till her trial to find out that she was a jihad militant who had been inspired by the sermons of Anwar Al-Awlaki.

Sources: Die Presse, OE24, Der Standard

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