New French attack: Van driven into shoppers in Nantes, driver yelling ‘Allahu akbar,’ officials say ‘no religious demands’

A van has been driven at shoppers at a French Christmas market in the city of Nantes and the driver is reported to have stabbed himself, officials say.

Ten people are reported to have been injured, five seriously.

The exact circumstances remain unclear, but the incident comes only a day after pedestrians were run down in Dijon.

The driver of that vehicle screamed “God is great” in Arabic. On Saturday, police shot dead a man using the same phrase in Tours after he attacked them.

Earlier on Monday, French President Francois Hollande called for vigilance after Saturday and Sunday’s attacks, and urged the public not to panic.

Monday’s van attack took place at around 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT)…

The reasons for the attack were not clear, the source said, adding: “As things stand, we have no account pointing to any religious demands.”

Update: Daily Mail coverage here (has a few photos)…

Unclear!  Yeah, right.

h/t Marvin

  • Exile1981

    If someone is screaming “Allahu akbar” why killing others, it’s probably terrorism. If I hear someone scream that while i’m out in public then I’m jumping behind something for protection.

  • Achmed

    Just because many of the members of my community are bad drivers does not mean they are attacks.

    It is just a coincidence it is always groups of Jews and Christians who get hit.

  • DVult

    No explicit demands maybe but implicitly it seems they were demanding that infidels die.

    • Frau Katze

      Exactly. They are desperate to get break the link in people’s mind between Islam and violence. It is not working very well.

      • occupant 9

        Islam is the only “religion” that insists that indulging in murderous violence is just the thing to bring about peace.

        And if you “offend” a Muslim, he has to cut off your head to save his face.

  • David Murrell

    “As things stand, we have no account pointing to religious demands”.

    That’s right. There is absolutely no evidence, repeat, no evidence whatsoever, pointing to 85-year-old Catholic nuns behind this vehicle attack. We can all breathe easier.

    • occupant 9

      Yeah, “death to the infidel” is not a “religious demand” because Islam is not a religion.

  • The Muckraking Iman

    Folks, just stay off the side walks. As soon as we solve the interbreeding problem everything will return to normal! Just remember the religion and insanity and peace.

    Happy ackbar and holidays.

  • JoKeR

    When the human being asks the alien, “What is it you want us to do?”
    The answer always is