Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2001 Greyhound bus head-on crash suicide attack by Croatian Muslim Army Veteran

2001 Greyhound bus head-on crash suicide attack by Croation Muslim Army Veteran --- ===

Summary: whitewashed radicalized Islamist attack. Croatian Muslim Army veteran Damir Igric kills 7 including himself when he slashes the throat of a Greyhound bus driver causing it to crash into oncoming traffic. Authorities conclude he was just a restaurant worker suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, common among Croatian war veterans and other mental issues with no connection to terrorism. Other pundits point out that Al Qaeda and Iran supported muslim fighters in Bosnia and Kosovo. Most Croatians are catholic christians.

Looks suspiciously like but is not terrorist attack
7 killed including suspect suicide October 3, 2001 2001 Greyhound bus head-on crash suicide attack by Croation Muslim Army Veteran  Near Manchester, Tennessee, Damir Igric for unknown motives commandeered a Greyhound Lines bus en route from Chicago to Orlando, Florida. He slashed the throat of the driver with a box cutter utility knife, then Igric grabbed the steering wheel and tried to turn it into oncoming traffic, causing it to flip on its side. Seven people, including Igric, died as a result from the crash. At 4 a.m., Igric lunged at the driver and slashed his throat. He proceeded to grab the steering wheel in an attempt to direct the vehicle into oncoming traffic. Although there were suggestions of terrorist activity after the recent September 11 attacks had happened, the media concluded that Damir Igric was just an innocent Croatian restaurant worker with a history of mental illness with no apparent connection to any terrorist motive. Others who believe he was a muslim terrorist note the suspect was a Croatian Muslim Army veteran who at 19, volunteered to fight in Croatia's 1991 war for independence from Yugoslavia,and that Al Qaeda and Iran supported Muslim fighters in both Bosnia and Kosovo.  He had a history of drug and weapons arrests in his native country.

 A temporary nationwide shutdown of the Greyhound bus service was put into effect. Following a very similar incident nearly one year later, Greyhound Lines installed shields on most of its newer coaches that, even if forced open, prevent someone from easily reaching the driver. Other theories pointed out that the suspect was a Croatian Muslim Army veteran who at 19, volunteered to fight in Croatia's 1991 war for independence from Yugoslavia,and that Al Qaeda and Iran supported Muslim fighters in both Bosnia and Kosovo.  He had a history of drug and weapons arrests in his native country. He arrived in Miami in 1999 on a 29-day transit visa, which requires the holder to state a final destination in another country, but he never left the USA. Greyhound Company were reviewing security primarily because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon.








There was little in Damir Igric's quiet youth in Croatia to predict violence, say residents of his hometown, stunned at news that he attacked a bus driver in the United States last week and caused a deadly crash. Igric slashed the throat of a bus driver Wednesday, causing an accident that killed Igric and five other passengers. Thirty-five others were injured in the wreck near Manchester, Tenn. 

* Similar

  1. Terrorist steered bus off bridge in Israel see The Tel Aviv–Jerusalem bus 405 attack July 1989 terrorist seized the steering wheel of the bus, running it off a steep cliff into a ravine 
  2. Seattle Bus in 1998 Carrying 31 People Plunges From Aurora Bridge After Driver Is Shot by Terrorist; 2 Are Dead Published: November 27, 1998 SEATTLE A city bus carrying 31 people plunged off a bridge here and plowed through the outer edge of an apartment roof this afternoon after the driver was shot by a passenger. The driver, and a person suspected of shooting the driver, were both killed, the police said. The 29 others were injured. The two-section bus was just starting to cross Aurora Avenue Bridge, which spans the Lake Union ship canal, about 3:10 P.M. when the driver was shot by a passenger, the police said. The bus, heading south, jumped a lane of northbound traffic, hit a van, then crashed through a guardrail and fell 50 feet, landing upright in an apartment garden in the Fremont district. Police officers did not disclose a motive for the shooting.
  3. Shortly after, separate incidents on Greyhound buses in the summer of 2002 resulted in an African American man with the surname of Muhammad being removed from a bus in Cincinnati Ohio just weeks after a 29-year-old American of Middle Eastern descent was removed for attempting to move to the front seat of a bus.
  4. Murder of Tim McLean, another knife attack on a Greyhound bus by a mentally ill Chinese man killing of Tim McLean (October 3, 1985[1] – July 30, 2008) occurred on the evening of July 30, 2008. McLean, a 22-year-old Canadianman, was stabbed, beheaded and cannibalized while riding a Greyhound Canada bus about 30 km west of Portage la Prairie, Manitobatraveling the Trans Canada Highway. On March 5, 2009, McLean's killer, 40-year-old Vince Weiguang Li was found not to be criminally responsible for murder and was remanded to a high-security mental health facility in Selkirk, Manitoba, where he was detained until his release on May 8, 2015.[2][3]
*Tags
  • Bus incident
  • Croatian suspect
  • muslim suspect
  • Ruled out terrorism
  • Stabbing
* Islamist attack?

Pussyfooting around Islam WorldNetDaily Oct 12, 2005 - They were casualties of a war with radical Islamic terror that America ...bus-hijacking by Croatian illegal alien Damir Igric a month after 9-11.

Six Die in Greyhound Crash After Driver's Throat Is Slit ... Free Republic Oct 4, 2001 - Is not Damir Igric is a Muslim name? If so he was most likely a BosnianMoslem. He came to the USA in 1999, around the same time the other ...

Possible links between Greyhound attacker, Osama and the ... Free Republic The suspected lone bus attacker Damir Igric had a Croat passport. ... had sent units to fight in Kosovo, the neighbouring Muslim province of Serbia, Klosi said. The suspected lone bus attacker Damir Igric had a Croat passport. There are direct connections between Osama bin Laden and terrorists from Croatia. Complete Articles HERE These articles focus on activities in Kosovo and Albania by Osama bin Laden and his crowd of Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists, allying themselves with the KLA --Kosovo Liberation Army-- from the summer of 1998 on. BELOW ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS: A Defense Department statement on August 20, 1998 said Bin Laden's Al Qa'ida organization supports Moslem fighters in both Bosnia and Kosovo. The trainers and fighters in the KLA include many of the Iranians who fought in Bosnia in the early 1990s. Intelligence sources place their number at 7,000, many of whom have married Bosnian women. There are also Afghans, Algerians, Chechens, and Egyptians. ALBANIAN authorities working with the Central Intelligence Agency claim to have uncovered a terrorist network operated by Osama Bin Laden, the Islamic fundamentalist accused of masterminding the African embassy bombings last August. The network is said to have been set up to use Albania, a Muslim country, as a springboard for operations in Europe. Fatos Klosi, the head of Shik, the Albanian intelligence service, said last week that Bin Laden had visited Albania himself. His was one of several fundamentalist groups that had sent units to fight in Kosovo, the neighbouring Muslim province of Serbia, Klosi said. "Egyptians, Saudi Arabians, Algerians, Tunisians, Sudanese and Kuwaitis - they come from several different organisations.

"From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad ... R. Drew Smith - 2013 - ‎Social Science... Greyhound bus driver in Tennessee by a 29-year-old Croatian Muslim Army veteran named Damir Igric that resulted in the deaths of six people, including Igric ...

6 Killed in Greyhound Crash in Tennessee After Passenger ... The New York TimesOct 4, 2001 - The F.B.I., which is handling the investigation, identified the assailant as Damir Igric, 29, a citizen of Croatia, who entered the country in Miami ...

From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights  edited by R. Drew Smith Separate incidents on Greyhound buses in the summer of 2002 resulted in an African American man with the surname of Muhammad being removed from a bus in Cincinnati Ohio just weeks after a 29-year-old American of Middle Eastern descent was removed for attempting to move to the front seat of a bus. These incidents were preceded by a 29-year-old Croatian Muslim Army veteran named Damar Igric that resulted in the deaths of six people including Igric.

looks like but is not terrorist attack 7 killed October 3, 2001 2001 Greyhound bus head-on crash suicide attack  The 2001 Greyhound bus attack occurred on , near October 3, 2001 Manchester, Tennessee, when Damir Igric (September 21, 1972 – October 3, 2001) commandeered a Greyhound Lines bus en route from Chicago to Orlando, Florida. He slashed the throat of the driver with a utility knife, causing the bus to crash into oncoming traffic. Seven people, including Igric, died as a result from the crash. At 4 a.m., Igric lunged at the driver and slashed his throat. He proceeded to grab the steering wheel in an attempt to direct the vehicle into oncoming traffic.Media attention to this event was intense, with suggestions of terrorist activity as it was just weeks after the September 11 attacks had happened. A temporary nationwide shutdown of the Greyhound bus service was put into effect. Following a very similar incident nearly one year later, Greyhound Lines installed shields on most of its newer coaches that, even if forced open, prevent someone from easily reaching the driver. Damir Igric was a Croatian restaurant worker with mental issues Similar to terrorist who steered bus off bridge in Israel see The Tel Aviv–Jerusalem bus 405 attack  July 1989 terrorist seized the steering wheel of the bus, running it off a steep cliff into a ravine  Pussyfooting around Islam WorldNetDaily Oct 12, 2005 - They were casualties of a war with radical Islamic terror that America ...bus-hijacking by Croatian illegal alien Damir Igric a month after 9-11. Six Die in Greyhound Crash After Driver's Throat Is Slit ... Free Republic Oct 4, 2001 - Is not Damir Igric is a Muslim name? If so he was most likely a BosnianMoslem. He came to the USA in 1999, around the same time the other ... Possible links between Greyhound attacker, Osama and the ... Free Republic The suspected lone bus attacker Damir Igric had a Croat passport. ... had sent units to fight in Kosovo, the neighbouring Muslim province of Serbia, Klosi said. From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad ... R. Drew Smith - 2013 - ‎Social Science... Greyhound bus driver in Tennessee by a 29-year-old Croatian Muslim Army veteran named Damir Igric that resulted in the deaths of six people, including Igric ...
6 Killed in Greyhound Crash in Tennessee After Passenger ... The New York TimesOct 4, 2001 - The F.B.I., which is handling the investigation, identified the assailant as Damir Igric, 29, a citizen of Croatia, who entered the country in Miami ...From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights  edited by R. Drew Smith Separate incidents on Greyhound buses in the summer of 2002 resulted in an African American man with the surname of Muhammad being removed from a bus in Cincinnati Ohio just weeks after a 29-year-old American of Middle Eastern descent was removed for attempting to move to the front seat of a bus. These incidents were preceded by a 29-year-old Croatian Muslim Army veteran named Damar Igric that resulted in the deaths of six people including Igric.

*Wikipedia 11/18/2015

2001 Greyhound bus attack

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 2001 Greyhound bus attack occurred on October 3, 2001, near ManchesterTennessee, when Damir Igric (September 21, 1972 – October 3, 2001) commandeered a Greyhound Lines bus en route from Chicago to Orlando, Florida. He slashed the throat of the driver with a utility knife, causing the bus to crash into oncoming traffic. Seven people, including Igric, died as a result from the crash.

Details of the attack[edit]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation established that Igric had boarded the Greyhound bus in Chicago. The bus was carrying 39 passengers at the time, and was travelling from Chicago to its final destination of OrlandoFlorida. At 4 a.m., while the bus was travelling on Interstate 24 near Manchester, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of NashvilleTennessee, Igric lunged at the driver and slashed his throat. He proceeded to grab the steering wheel in an attempt to direct the vehicle into oncoming traffic.[1]
The driver, Garfield Sands, from Marietta, Georgia, drove the route from Indianapolis to Atlanta. Igric approached Sands at least three times, and asked how much time remained until the next stop. Sands advised Igric that they would be making a stop in Manchester, and that he should go back to his seat. When Igric approached Sands for the final time, he did not say anything, but produced a sharp object and attempted to slash Sands' throat. Igric then grabbed the steering wheel, causing the bus to crash. Sands managed to survive both the attempted murder and the ensuing crash. His doctor was later able to describe his version of the attack:
He said that this fellow a couple of times, even after he made the announcement of when the next layover was, came up and asked him about routing and times, then the last time he came up again and this time without saying anything he just attacked him and cut his neck. Then he pushed the driver out of the way and took the wheel himself and drove it off the road.
A passenger named Carly Rinearson was sitting in the seat directly behind the driver and encountered Igric numerous times in the hours before the attack.
This guy approached me and asked me what time it was and then asked for my seat, When I refused he then went back to his seat at the back of the bus. Then an hour later he came up with a small knife or pocketknife and just reached around and slit the driver's throat.
The bus rolled over with the driver's side on top; Igric toppled through the windshield and died on impact. Six other people also died in the crash. The driver was able to crawl out the window and run about 200 yards (180 m) up the highway to get help. The 39 passengers of the bus were all sleeping at the time and were all injured in various ways. Twenty-one passengers were treated at hospitals and released. Nine were hospitalized in stable condition, and three were in critical condition.[1]

Greyhound response[edit]

Media attention to this event was intense, with suggestions of terrorist activity. The United States was on edge since only weeks before, the September 11 attackshad happened. A temporary nationwide shutdown of the Greyhound bus service was put into effect.[2]
No extra security measures were immediately taken in response to this incident. However, following a very similar incident almost a year later, Greyhound Lines installed partitions on most of its newer coaches that, even if forced open, would prevent someone from easily reaching the driver directly.

Attacker[edit]

Damir Igric
BornSeptember 21, 1972
Slavonski Brod, Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
DiedOctober 3, 2001 (aged 29)
Manchester, Tennessee
NationalityCroatian
OccupationRestaurant worker
Known for2001 Greyhound bus attack
Igric was born in 1972 in Slavonski BrodYugoslavia (now Croatia). During his late teenage years he trained as a locksmith in vocational school. He joined the Croatian army in 1991, when he was 19, and was discharged in 1993, after what the ambassador of Croatia, Ivan Grdesic, described as "violent behavior and substance abuse.... he was connected with crimes in Croatia." When ethnic tensions began to flare during the mid nineties he joined others in Croatia's "homeland war" of independence from Yugoslavia.[2]
Igric, a citizen of Croatia, entered the United States through the city of MiamiFlorida during March 1999, on a 30 day transit visa. He overstayed the visa by two years, convincing US immigration officials he had relatives in Florida and New York. He worked in a restaurant in New York City before the Greyhound incident. Igric had a long history ofmental problems[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]


^ Jump up to:a b Rimer, Sara (2001-10-04). "6 Killed in Greyhound Crash in Tennessee After Passenger Slits Driver's Throat". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
^ Jump up to:a b FBI Congressional Testimony October 11, 2001[dead link]
Jump up^ "Negligent Bus Security" (PDF). The Tennessee Jury Verdict Reporter. September 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-01.

Earlier non white-washed version mentions his religion

Damir Igric

Damir Igric (1972–October 32001) was a Croat who on October 32001, less than one month after the September 11 attacks, used a boxcutter to slash the throat of a Greyhound bus driver and then steered the vehicle into oncoming traffic in TennesseeUSA. The attack caused the deaths of six people, including himself.

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Early life

Igric was born in 1972 in what was then known as Yugoslavia in the city Slavonski Brod, Croatia. During his late teenage years he trained as a locksmith in vocational school. He joined the Yugoslav army in 1991, when he was 19, and was discharged in 1993,[1] after what the ambassador of Croatia Ivan Grdesic described as; "violent behavior and substance abuse.... he was connected with crimes in Croatia." When ethnic tensions began to flare during the mid nineties he joined others in Croatia's "homeland war" of independence from Yugoslavia.[2]
He signed up with The 108th Brigade which was made up of Muslim and Croat soldiers and is one of the military units whose soldiers were accused of murdering civilians and destroying Serb Orthodox churches and desecration of Serbian cemeteries.

Entry into the United States

Igric, a citizen of Croatia, had entered the United States, through the city of Miami Florida during March 1999. He entered on a 30 day transit visa and had overstayed his visa by over two years. [3]Igric convinced US immigration officials he had relatives in Florida and New York and was working in a restaurant in New York before deciding to attack.[1]

Attack

The Federal Bureau of Investigation established that Igric had boarded the Greyhound bus in Chicago. The bus was carrying 39 passengers at the time, and was travelling from Chicago to its final destination of OrlandoFlorida. At 4 a.m. while the bus was travelling on Interstate 24 near Manchester, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Nashville Tennessee, Igric lunged at the driver and slashed his throat, he proceeded to grab the steering wheel in an attempt to direct the vehicle into oncoming traffic.[3]
The driver, named Garfield Sands, from Marietta, Georgia, drove the route between Indianapolis and Atlanta. Sands was approached by Igric two to three times and asked how much longer until the next stop. The driver advised Igric that they would be making a stop in Manchester, and that he should go back to his seat. When Igric approached the driver for the last time, he did not say anything, but produced a sharp object and attempted to slash the driver's throat. Igric then grabbed the steering wheel causing the bus to crash. Sands managed to survive the attempted decapitation and the ensuing crash, his doctor was later able to describe his version of the attack;
He said that this fellow a couple of times, even after he made the announcement of when the next layover was, came up and asked him about routing and times, then the last time he came up again and this time without saying anything he just attacked him and cut his neck. Then he pushed the driver out of the way and took the wheel himself and drove it off the road.
A passenger named Carly Rinearson, was seated directly behind the driver, and encountered numerous contacts with Igric in the hours leading to the attack.
this guy approached me and asked me what time it was and then asked for my seat, When I refused he then went back to his seat at the back of the bus. Then an hour later he came up with a small knife or pocketknife and just reached around and slit the driver's throat.
The bus flipped over, with the driver's side on top, Igric was thrown through the windshield. Six other people were killed in the crash. The driver was able to crawl out the window and run about 200 yards (180 m) up the highway to get help. The 39 passengers of the bus were all sleeping at the time and all were injured in one way or another. Twenty-one passengers were treated at hospitals and released. Nine were hospitalized in stable condition, and three were in critical condition.[3]

Greyhound shutdown

Media attention to this event was intense, with suggestions of terrorist activity. The United States was on edge as only weeks before, on September 11, Muslim hijackers armed with the exact same short-bladed "box" knives commandeered four commercial planes and subdued flight crews before crashing the jets into the World Trade CenterThe Pentagon and into the ground in rural Pennsylvania.[1] A temporary nationwide shutdown of the Greyhound bus service was put into effect.[2]

Greyhound esponse

In response to the incident, Greyhound Lines has installed shields on most of its newer coaches that, even if forced open, prevent someone from easily reaching the driver.

References

  1. a b c "Croatian Man was Muslim" Ted Sampley US Veteran Dispatch Oct 7 2001
  2. a b FBI Congressional Testimony October 11 2001
  3. a b c Passenger slits drivers throat The New York Times Oct 1 2001
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Crime History: 7 killed in Greyhound crash after passenger ... washingtonexaminer  Oct 2, 2012 - Igric grabbed the steering wheel and tried to turn the bus into oncoming traffic. ... later identified as a 29-year-old Croatian with a history of mental illness. ... at about 4 a.m., when Damir Igric walked up to the front of the vehicle, ..


Bus Slasher A Troubled Croatian - CBS News CBS News Oct 6, 2001 - Attacker Suffered From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. ... There was little in Damir Igric's quiet youth in Croatia to predict violence, say ... Vecernji list described Igric as a mental wreck in the weeks before the attack, citing a ...Local media reported that he suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome, common among Croatian war veterans.

At the age of 19, Igric volunteered to fight in Croatia's 1991 war for independence from Yugoslavia,

And a report in the daily newspaper Vecernji list described Igric as a mental wreck in the weeks before the attack, citing a Franciscan priest who said he answered the knock of a "frightened young man" at the Croatian monastery of St. Anthony in Chicago.

"He was nervously waving with his hands, mumbling that he's being hunted," Priest Pavao Maslac was quoted as saying in Sunday's early edition. "He looked pitiful ... and miserable."

Others at the monastery drove Igric to a Chicago shelter for the homeless, and that was the last they saw of him, Maslac said.

Still, those who knew him say the image of Igric-turned-violent killer is hard to imagine. They described a quiet young man whose passions included handball and playing the guitar.

 getting a U.S. visa, he worked as a ship waiter for the Miami-based Apollo Ship Chandlers, according to U.S. news reports. After losing that job, he dropped out of sight, and friends said they knew only that he lived in New York City.

Greyhound attacker had troubled past - tribunedigital ...
articles.chicagotribune.com/.../0110050310_1_greyhou...
Chicago TribuneOct 5, 2001 - Damir Igric, 29, who the FBI said was the attacker, died when he was ...nor possible mental illness would be reviewed for someone requesting ...
The man who attacked a Greyhound bus driver in Tennessee, causing an accident that killed the assailant and five passengers, was a former Croatian soldier with a history of drug and weapons arrests in his native country.Among the victims were Fannie Jones, 68, of Georgia and Amelia Neiro, 73, of Florida. The others had not been identified by late Thursday.

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Surles v. Greyhound Lines, Inc.
www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/07a0025p-06.pdf
by ON BRIEF - ‎Related articlesJan 18, 2007 - Also aboard the bus, passenger Damir Igric (“Igric”) behaved suspiciously, and the .... managing violently inclined situations of the mentally ill.