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IS TOYOTA AIDING TERRORISM?: Virtually All Terror Groups in the World Use Toyota Vehicles

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We hear of terrorists and their activities on our Radio and TV sets, and unfortunately some in the North-East, have experienced it first-hand. But often times, we fail to ask ourselves some basic questions and even when we do, lacklustre attitude wouldn’t let our leaders give us proper answers.

What has always bothered me, is that for terrorism to strive in a society like ours, there must be logistics and the movement of people and weapons by these terror groups. I have come to notice that virtually all terror group in the world, use a a certain type of vehicle. Though, may be the favourite of terrorists across the globe due to its rugged nature on tough terrain and easy to manoeuvre on roads, but this is gradually becoming more than just a coincidence.

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Apart from allowing them do business and make money in our country, we should be asking TOYOTA about world terrorism. How come all the terrorist groups – Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, etc use Toyota cars almost all the time and there has been no questions asked?

We know Toyota tracks vehicle ownership with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN). Why are they not sharing details with the Government or security operatives.

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It is funny that some government’s claim the vehicles were stolen frm security officers, but these vehicle look too new to be stolen vehicle, which mean, many of them were actually ordered from Toyota and which also means, there must be a series of numbers, either tracking numbers or serial numbers for all vehicles purchased from Toyota.

The United States has been asking questions as well, basically on the use of Toyota vehicles by ISIS – asking Toyota why most terror group use the Hilux, Land Cruiser and other Toyota vehicles for their operations. This was Toyota’s response:

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The world’s biggest automaker says it has no idea how their products became the militants’ apparent go-to vehicle.

“It is impossible for any automaker to control indirect or illegal channels through which our vehicles could be misappropriated, stolen or resold,” Toyota said.

“Toyota has a strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities,” the Japanese manufacturer added.

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ISIS groups may be getting the vehicles several ways, the ABC News report said. One theory posits that the vehicles are being stolen from Syrian rebels or other sources overseas and smuggled into the conflict zone. Another is that ISIS sympathizers are simply buying up the trucks and shipping them to the militants.

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Global sales of Land Cruisers reached 368,000 vehicles in 2014, up from 293,000 in 2010. Worldwide Hilux sales totaled 649,000 last year, from 549,000 in 2010. But the 2014 Hilux volume was down from 733,000 in 2013 and 745,000 in 2012.

Toyota said it has “procedures and contractual commitments in place to help prevent our products from being diverted for unauthorized military use.” It did not elaborate.

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Taking Nigeria’s Boko Haram as an example, how come they have a large fleet of Toyota vehicles at their disposal and how come Toyota isn’t aiding security operatives with these details?

Members of 'Ahrar Dimachk' Brigade, part of the 'Asood Allah' Brigade which operates under the Free Syrian Army sit in a pickup truck on one of the battlefronts in Jobar, Damascus August 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTX12WDR

Members of ‘Ahrar Dimachk’ Brigade, part of the ‘Asood Allah’ Brigade which operates under the Free Syrian Army sit in a pickup truck on one of the battlefronts in Jobar, Damascus August 25, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah (SYRIA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) – RTX12WDR

It is time we start asking questions, if we are to win the war on terrorism and Toyota should be made to provide answers, as to why their vehicles can’t be tracked with their VINs.

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