When misogynists become terrorists

Alek Minassian, who ploughed a rental van through a busy Toronto sidewalk on Monday, left little doubt as to why he killed 10 people, most of them women.

Minutes before his attack, he posted a message on Facebook lauding the mass murderer Elliot Rodger and warned of an "incel rebellion" - a reference to an online community of "involuntarily celibate" men who believe women unjustly deny them sex.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'When misogynists become terrorists'. Print Edition | Subscribe