On Friday, morning commuters in London witnessed yet another Muslim terror attack. At least 22 persons were injured by a partially-detonated bomb that was concealed in a Lidl shopping bag that had been left aboard a subway train. When the bomb detonated, a fireball flew through a car at the Parsons Green station. Passengers received burns that required hospitalization. One woman was burned from head to foot, while the worst injuries were sustained by a 10-year-old schoolboy.

The Islamic State terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the blast.

The bomb was found smoldering and sputtering in a contractor’s budget that had been secreted in a shopping bag from the Lidl grocery store chain, which is based in Germany. The Lidl company is cooperating with British authorities to track down who may have purchased the shopping back and thus provide clues as to the identity of the bomber.

The Lidl supermarket chain was in the news last month, also because of its colorful shopping bags. On some of its bags, it promotes ERIDANOUS products from Greece with images of the famous Anastasis Church in Santorini, one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea. The church is characterized by its world-renowned blue dome roof, which is topped by a cross. However, the Lidl packaging image had photoshopped out the crosses from the tops the Orthodox churches.

A spokesman for Lidl said, "We are avoiding the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs," adding, "We are a company that respects diversity and this is what explains the design of this packaging." The company later apologized, "Our intention has never been to shock. We avoid the use of religious symbols on our packaging to maintain neutrality in all religions. If it has been perceived differently, we apologize to those who may have been shocked."

Comment was rife on social media, denouncing the photoshopped bags.

Lidl is a rival to Germany’s Aldi grocery chain, and has outlets in the US, UK, and European countries. It reportedly has plans to enter the Australian market.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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