The global trend of Vehicle Borne Terrorism (VBT) is mainly fuelled by religious affiliations and revenge motivations. Ever since the resurgence of the global Vehicle Borne Attacks (VBA), terrorism has become easier, cheaper and cost effective. Terrorists carry out simple attacks by cutting down passengers, while driving onto them. In the last two decades, VBT had emerged as a new face of terrorism. Terrorists have changed significantly their modus operandi, from the past strategy of targeting financial centres towards the latest strategy, the cutting down of pedestrians.
This author has used mixed method research, and finds that (from 2006 to 2017), out of 12 VBAs, 07 were the outcome of religious motivations, 04 to revenge, and the reasons behind the remaining attacks are yet not public. Besides, the essay is structured in two parts; the first part navigates the vehicle borne terrorism, and the second part suggests the policy measures.
A version of this article appeared in top-center.org, online platform.
Syed Sadam Hussain Shah is currently working at the Centre for International Strategic Studies, Islamabad. He holds masters in International Relations, from NDU. He has been awarded with merit scholarship twice a year. He has also participated as defence analyst at different national news channels. He has strong interest in Theories of International Relations, Counter Terrorism and the Nuclear Command & Control.