The BBC reported today that armed police tactics in the UK are changing.
Following the attack on Westminster last month, and the numerous other Islamic attacks (in Europe and further afield) featuring hijacked cars or lorries being used to mow down pedestrians and crash into buildings, UK armed police will now open fire at the perpetrator behind the wheel.
Previously, officers were discouraged from doing so for fear of bullets bouncing off the vehicle and hitting on lookers – however, given the use of the vehicle as a weapon, such a risk is considerably less of a concern than the damage to be done by the attacker.
Not a fortnight after the Westminster attack, a similar affront took place in Stockholm Sweden.
Stockholm was the sixth and latest in a string of cities to experience such attacks – the tactics of which were set down in an online terror manual downloaded by 500,000 people in the UK alone last year.
According to Simon Chesterman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council:
“Within our policy, we used to talk about not shooting at a moving vehicle because of the danger we might cause if we fired at a driver.
But if the vehicle is being used as a weapon in the first place, there aren’t many tactics available in relation to stopping it, particularly a very large lorry.
Driving a vehicle in front of it for example is not going to stop it. So you need to shoot the driver.”
Chesterton also told the BBC of a difference in overall approach to be taken by armed officers – to “locate and confront”, rather than “locate, contain and neutralise”.
Also in migrant news, Säpo (Swedish security police) have requested that a 30 year old Syrian arsonist deported from the country.
According to The Local, the Syrian (who is currently on trial for the attempted arson of a Shia Muslim community centre by way of Molotov cocktails) is suspected by Säpo to have links to Islamic State.
Following the request from Säpo, it will be down to the country’s Migration Agency to decide whether there are grounds for deportation as per Swedish law – given the results of similar cases regarding migrants in recent years, the chances of deportation look slim.
Sweden currently has the predicted highest number of IS members of any European nation, and has been highly reported on in recent times for the prevalence of migrant crime.
This comes less than a week after the decision was made that two Afghan migrants who had raped a Swedish woman while unconscious and live streamed the crime to Facebook, would be allowed to remain in the country.
The verdict of the Syrian man’s trial is due on April 21.