Man drives car into students in France, injuring three

A man has intentionally rammed his car into a group of students outside of a school near Toulouse, France, injuring three who are believed to be Chinese.

The attack has left one of the students with serious head injuries, and all three were taken to hospital.

The 28-year old male driver was not on any terrorism watchlist, and it is not believed to be a terrorist attack.

“For the moment, it is not being looked at as a terrorist incident although it is also not ruled out,” said Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau in a statement.

The man did, however, have a history of minor offences and was known to the police prior to the attack.

“He… stated that his act was motivated by a desire to ram into people, which he had been preparing for, as he said, about one month,” Mr Couilleau said.

The man is reported to have had psychological issues, and was hospitalised until December 2016.

France has suffered a number of terrorist attacks in the recent past.

This attack comes near the second anniversary of the Paris attacks that claimed 130 people’s lives and injured another 413.

The attack is also reminiscent of one that occurred in Nice, where a truck was driven into a crowd of people, killing 87.

Picture Courtesy: Police Nationale

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