Packed restaurants in DC
offer an ideal target for American-based Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist wannabes - at least this is according to a new how-to magazine distributed by the terrorist network. Al Qaeda is now in the publishing business, a secondary communications model to their prior broadcast and pod-cast models.
"A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, D.C., at lunch hour might end up knocking out a few government employees," the 74-page publication advises, according to a report in the New York Post
The magazine also highlights a tactic it labels "The Ultimate Mowing Machine," where readers are encouraged to drive a pickup truck at full speed into crowds of people.
The article suggests the "mowing machine" method
, saying "to achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control . . . to strike as many people as possible in your first run."
With increased drone attacks carried out by the U.S. military in Pakistan over terrorist worries in Europe
, the potential for activity among international terrorist groups - operating in Western cities - appears to be on the rise.
The magazine's contents represents a change in strategy for the Al Qaeda network, focusing on readily available objects - such as pick-up trucks and semi-automatic rifles - and lone-wolf disenchanted citizens who may be willing to carry out such violent acts.