French officials downplay Islam in attacks, saying not ‘terrorism’ because one attacker was mentally ill, other a recent convert

Bertrand Nzohabonayo, knife attacker, who was shot dead by French police was a recent convert. Read more about him here.

PARIS — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.

The driver, who had a history of psychological problems, was arrested following the attack in the city Dijon in eastern France, while the assailant who stabbed the officers outside the city of Tours was shot to death by police. None of the victims died.

The prosecutor in Dijon said the driver behind the attack in that city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism. The man, who is 40, has admitted his role in the attack, said prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare. She said he had been hospitalized 157 times for psychiatric problems since 2001, most recently this fall…

….Counter-terrorist police are investigating the attack Saturday on police in a suburb of Tours, which left two officers seriously injured and a third with light injuries.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the attacker, who was killed by police, was a 20-year-old from Burundi named Bertrand. Police believe he’d been drawn to radical Islam several years ago by his 19-year-old brother Brice, who’s been detained for questioning by police in Burundi, Molins said.

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He wasn’t that recent if he ‘reverted’ several years ago.  As for the mentally ill excuse all I can say is that we are seeing  that profile in a lot of recent violence, frequently inspired by Islam.  

Islamic State has found the perfect weapon: crazy and/or violent people willing to carry out attacks that they believe will send them to paradise.

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  • mobuyus

    Converts perverts reverts islam.

  • Rosenmops

    Today in Nothing-to-do-with-Islam™

    • Frau Katze

      It does seem pretty regular.

  • Just a thought

    “one attacker was mentally ill”

    They are ALL mentally ill, Monsieur.

    BTW, I hope you like your French toast extra crispy.

  • Speaksvolumes

    So many of the mentally ill seem to be a part of Islam.

    • winniec

      Islam is a licence to let out the innate criminality held hidden within a savage.

  • Pontifex Maximus
    • Frau Katze

      I’ve forgotten most of my high school French (it was over 40 years ago). Lately I’ve been working on German in my almost non-existent spare time (the blog keeps me busier than any 9-5 job ever did. Retired 2 years ago).

  • Pontifex Maximus

    Will the “authorities” double down on diversity?

    • winniec

      Yes, we need much more diversity.

  • bverwey

    I don’t get why everyone, in either government or media, is on this meme. OK I do but need to make the point again it seems.

    • Frau Katze

      It must pounded into people’s heads.

  • winniec

    Was the IRA filled with the mentally ill? Were the Basques separatists mentally ill? Were the FLQ mentally ill? Why do Leftards immediately say their pets are mentally ill?

  • Barrington Minge

    Islam is a mental illness. All else follows. Not rocket science is it?

  • roccolore

    Once again, Muslims play the victim.