Friday, March 13, 2009

Robbed and Set on Fire in West Flanders

I reported on Wednesday about two Coptic men who were burned to death by an angry Muslim mob in Egypt. Now comes word of another incident of immolation, this one in West Flanders. In this case the victim is still clinging to life, and has reported that his attackers appeared to be North Africans.

From Tuesday’s La Dernière Heure, my translation:

Man assaulted and set on fire in Tielt

He was pulled from his car, and after stealing his wallet, three men doused him with gasoline and set him on fire

TIELT — A 39-year-old man from Tielt (West Flanders) was admitted to University Hospital (UZ) in Ghent with serious injuries after a bizarre attack that occurred at dawn Tuesday on the Ieperstraat in Tielt. The man was attacked and set on fire, the Bruges prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

The Tielt resident’s occupation involved driving people to and from the airport. While on his way to pick up a client at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, his way was blocked on the Ieperstraat in Tielt by a car with three people in it. They emerged from their vehicle and dragged the man out of his car. After stealing his wallet, the three men doused him with gasoline and set him on fire. They then fled.
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A witness was able to call for help. Before the man lost consciousness, he was able to indicate that the three attackers were French-speakers of North African appearance. He also said they were driving a gray BMW.

The man was taken to UZ Ghent and is in critical condition. His life is still in danger. It is unknown whether the attackers knew their victim. The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Judicial Police.

We’ve come to expect stabbings, shootings, bombs, and beheadings when wanton violence by Muslims appears in the news, but this incident adds a new grisly act to the “culturally enriched” repertoire.


Hat tip: TB.

3 comments:

laine said...

Also makes one wonder at the big fuss over gun control, as though a large number of deaths would be avoided if getting a gun were made more difficult. People just use something else. Frankly, speaking as someone from the medical field, a bullet through the head is more merciful than what a burn victim suffers.

In this case, it seems like gratuitous sadism. They got his money. They didn't stop him from testifying what little he could. Why condemn someone to agonizing pain for so little gain?

To paraphrase Sally Field: "They hate us. They really hate us".

Robin Shadowes said...

I saw a grizzly video-clip the other day. Some persons where actually burned alive for witchcraft in some african nation, I don't know which. The brutality and savageness makes me speechless. Indeed a bullet through the brain would be more merciful than being burned alive. Back in the witch hunting days here in Europe they often hanged or decapitated the victim before they burned them. And if they was actually burned they often hanged a small bag with gunpowder around their necks as to make their deaths more merciful. And this is the kind of devils we have invited to our countries. You can take the savage out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the savage...

Henrik R Clausen said...

Gun control is obviously one of the things we really don't need right now...