At least two tourists were killed in Mali when gunmen attacked a luxury resort on Sunday, and an attacker plowed a van into pedestrians in London, injuring 10 people, early Monday morning. On Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson,” Doc Thompson and the guys looked at some of the latest terrible headlines and asked what exactly defines a terrorist attack when these attacks seem to be happening more and more.
Three attackers shot at tourists on Sunday in a luxury resort near Bamako, Mali’s capital city. The resort is reportedly a popular spot for Westerners. Two tourists were killed and 32 were rescued, CNN reported. Two of the gunmen were killed, and the third was missing after the attack.
London is reeling from its third terrorist attack within the last month after an individual plowed a van into pedestrians early Monday morning. Ten people were injured after the assailant drove into a crowd near a London mosque. Police said that all of the injured people were Muslims; the attack occurred right after prayers finished for the holy month of Ramadan, NBC News reported.
In yet another horrifying story, a 17-year-old girl was found dead in Virginia after she was reportedly assaulted by a man while heading to a prayer session at her mosque with friends.
The terms “terrorist” and “terrorist attack” generally mean that the attacker had a larger motive, but they have a looser definition these days, Doc noted. Usually there is some political influence and a desire to create a greater fear than the one attack. But terrorism or not, the attacker’s mental state is always a factor.
“There’s a level of crazy to this that we’re not talking about,” Doc said.