France: 3 injured as man drives car into group of people

Man deliberately drives his car into a group of people outside a school near Toulouse. Incident not believed to be terrorism.

Elad Benari, Canada,

French soldier
French soldier
Reuters

A man deliberately drove his car into a group of people outside a school near Toulouse in southern France on Friday, injuring three Chinese students, police sources said, according to The Associated Press.

The driver of the vehicle, a 28-year-old man, was known to police for committing minor offenses but was not on a terrorism watchlist, the sources said.

One of the students, a young woman, was being treated for serious head injuries. The driver was arrested at the scene.

"For the moment, it is not being looked at as a terrorist incident although it is also not ruled out," the Toulouse prosecutor said in a statement.

The driver has long suffered from psychological problems and was hospitalized until December 2016, the prosecutor said, according to AP.

France has been on heightened alert in recent years, as more than 240 people have been killed in the country in terrorist attacks since early 2015.

Last month, two women were murdered in a stabbing attack in the city of Marseille which was claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Several weeks before that, two women were assaulted in Chalon-sur-Saone by a man with a hammer who shouted “Allahu Akbar".

In August, at least six French soldiers were injured after a car rammed into them in Paris's Levallois-Perret suburb.

In February, a knife-wielding terrorist attacked French soldiers at the Louvre.

Monday will mark the second anniversary of the attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)




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