Man shouts ‘Allahu akbar’ as he drives into French crowd
A motorist injured two people when he drove into a crowd shouting “Allahu akbar” in the southern French city of Nîmes in the early hours of this morning.
The man was overpowered by members of the public and arrested after his white Peugeot hit security barriers. He had aimed at a café terrace at 1am.
The barriers were in place to prevent such attacks and prevented greater casualties, local security officers said. The two people injured were not in serious condition.
Local prosecutors said that the man was suffering from “relative mental confusion” and had been taken to hospital. The anti-terrorism police were not involved in the investigation at this stage, they said. The man was not known to police for suspected radicalisation.
Infowars reports: The driver of a car that rammed into a crowd in Nimes, France, was shouting "Allahu akbar" during the incident, according to witnesses.
Two people were injured after a Peugot crashed outside a bar in the south of France, where the annual Feria de Nimes bullfighting festival is taking place.
Witnesses say the vehicle barreled towards a throng of roughly 50 people before striking anti-terror bollards and becoming immobilized. The 32-year-old driver was apprehended and beaten by civilians when he tried to flee the scene.
Police are now investigating attempted murder, but have dismissed terrorism as a possible motive, despite multiple reports indicating the suspect was already known to authorities.
"According to a source close to the investigation, he is known to the police for radicalization," reports Niuews Blad.
A public prosecutor says the suspect was "mentally confused" and has been hospitalized.
???????????? FLASH - Un homme de 32 ans a volontairement foncé sur des clients du restaurant "l'instant T" cette nuit à #Nimes, en plein démarrage de la feria. 2 personnes ont été blessées. L'homme a été rattrapé et molesté par la foule alors qu'il fuyait. La piste terroriste écartée. pic.twitter.com/ATQsJLNZnE— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) September 14, 2018
France has seen a spate of Islamist attacks recently, including a stabbing rampage by an Afghan migrant in Paris earlier this week, followed hours later by a car chase that ended on a runway at Lyon's busiest airport, where the driver reportedly told police he was "sent by Allah."