LOS ANGELES, Ca. – The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for three seemingly unrelated traffic accidents which occurred earlier today in the city of Los Angeles. Valerie Baker, a forty-two year old mother of three, was at a red light on east 9th Street when she was struck from behind by another vehicle. Baker’s car sustained minor damage to the rear bumper while Baker herself walked away unharmed.
Less than fifteen minutes later, Owen Patrick, a security guard for Paramount Pictures, was traveling south on Figueroa Street near the Staples Center when the car behind him suddenly accelerated and hit him. Patrick immediately called his insurance company and the police who later determined the other driver had been texting at the time of the accident.
A third minor collision involving two vehicles occurred on Venice Boulevard an hour later. No injuries were reported and both drivers left the scene shorty after. Officer Carla Menendez of the Los Angeles Police Department said that in all three instances the offending drivers were issued traffic citations and no arrests were made. However, new evidence suggests all three drivers may have ties to the Islamic State.
This afternoon an online video emerged in which a masked militant, clad in black fatigues and brandishing an assault weapon, stood in front of a large ISIS flag and addressed the camera, saying, “We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future accidents are going to be harsher and worse.”
Investigators are working to determine whether this latest attack is related to the ISIS-inspired shooting that took place outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas last Sunday.