Shouts Allahu Akbar as he tries to grab Olympic flame from torch bearer

From Atlas Shrugs:

“Teenager shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he tries to grab Olympic flame from  torch bearer’s hands as police bundle runner to safety,” from the Daily Mail, July 20 (thanks to David):

A 17-year-old shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ –  Arabic for ‘God is Great’ – as he unsuccessfully tried to grab the  Olympic torch during a stretch of the flame’s route through Maidstone  towards Redhill.

Broadcast  live on the BBC, the youth lunged from the crowd to try to take the  torch from the hands of its bearer Anna Skora, but was swiftly bundled  away by officers.

In one video posted to YouTube he can be seen waiting behind a car and as Ms Skora gets closer he lunges towards the torch.

Attempt: The 17-year-old tried to wrestle the torch from Anna Skora

Attempt: The 17-year-old tried to wrestle the torch from Anna Skora

Bundled: The youth was taken away from Ms Skora before he could take the torchBundled: The youth was taken away from Ms Skora before he could take the torch

Ms Skora was about to hand over  the torch to Graham White, a Surrey charity worker, when the teenager  burst out of the crowd and tried to grab it.

He managed to get through the line of police officers escorting the torch as it headed through the town.

One  of the officers at the back of the group swiftly grabbed hold of Ms  Skora and the torch, guiding them to the opposite side of the road.

Four or five of the other torch guards then bundled the man to the side of the road where he was then arrested.

Ms Skora managed to keep the torch  upright throughout the ordeal and she continued to smile as she  completed her stretch of the Olympic flame relay.

The teenager is taken away and Ms Skora can continue her leg of the relayThe teenager is taken away and Ms Skora can continue her leg of the relay

The incident happened as the torch was being taken into Gravesend on Friday morning.

Posted:  07.22.12 @4:22 p.m.

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