Three Chinese students hurt in vehicle attack in south France

Saul Bowman
November 11, 2017

Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau, said his office had opened an attempted murder investigation "because the driver was planning to mow people down".

The AFP news agency cited a French police source who said the auto "deliberately" rammed a group of three students - two of whom were badly injured, and one who was not as seriously hurt.

The source said that the 28-year-old driver told police he had acted "deliberately", but was not on a list of known extremists.

French police told the AFP news agency that the man driving the Renault Clio was arrested immediately afterwards in Blagnac, in the Haute-Garonne region.

When asked about the possibility the man was motivated by terrorism, the prosecutor said the attack was "nothing of that order".


The suspect, who has several previous drug-related convictions, has been arrested, BBC News reports.

The three injured, one male and two female, are all at their early 20s, said the consulate.

On November 2, a group of around 40 Chinese tourists were attacked with teargas and robbed outside a three-star hotel near Paris's Orly Airport.

Mauling people using trucks and heavy vehicles has become modus-operandi of "lone wolf" attackers inspired by the ideology of the terror group, ISIS.

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