Man drives vehicle into crowd in southern France leaving 2 injured

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

There was no indication that the incident was terror related, the report said, adding that regional judicial police department has opened an inquiry into "attempted murder".

Witnesses reportedly heard the driver shouting "Allahu Akbar", but there is no official confirmation of a terrorist attack so far.

The annual grape-harvesting festival features bullfighting and attracts thousands of people each year.

Witnesses said the man had tried to flee the scene but had been stopped by bystanders before being arrested by police at 1.30am. The two people injured were not in serious condition.

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She noted that the investigation is conducted by police who engaged in more routine crimes, and not investigators of Department on fight against terrorism.

That same year saw 12 people killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack, also in Paris, after Al-Qaeda extremists targeted the satirical magazine.

Ever since the Nice attack in July 2016 when a jihadist rammed his truck into crowds celebrating July 14th towns and cities have taken steps to boost security including placing barriers and concrete bollards around areas where crowds gather.

Security has been stepped up at festivals around the country including Nimes.

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