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."
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