Skihad, another form of 'inner struggle'

Caucasus: Jihad against skiing

The intrepid mujahedin, keeping the world safe from Russian tourists riding in a minibus to a ski resort. “Four Russian tourists killed on way to Caucasus ski resort,” from the Telegraph, February 19 via JW:

At least four tourists from Moscow have been killed by militants in Russia’s North Caucasus region on their way to a ski resort.

The group were heading towards the Kabardino-Balkaria region of Russia.

Cowards fi sabil Allah:

“Two people in masks armed with automatic guns in a foreign-made car forced the minibus onto the hard shoulder, asked about passengers, then opened fire on the vehicle and fled from the scene,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

All six people in the vehicle were from the Moscow region. Three died on the spot and two were taken to hospital, it said.

A message on Islamist website, hosted by the militant group Caucasus Emirate, said the tourists were killed by “mujahideens” because they “came into the zone of war”.

And who decided it was a war zone?

The group was going skiing to the Elbrus mountain area when they were ambushed near the village Zayukovo, according to the NTV channel, adding that a fourth person died in hospital.

The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s but the insurgency has now become more Islamist in tone and has spread to neighbouring regions.

We hear so much that “poverty” causes jihad — despite the number of well-off, educated jihadists. More often than not, jihad causes poverty:

The targeting of tourists will be especially worrying for Russia’s authorities, who have pronounced the North Caucasus a future mountain ski haven, unveiling plans of a $15 billion dollar program to create five resorts.

One of the proposed resorts, Elbrus-Bezengi, is in the Kabardino-Balkaria region and would host up to 29,000 tourists per day under the plan.