A man drove into a crowd of patrons gathered outside a bar in the southern city of Nimes early Friday, slightly wounding two before hitting a security barrier and being arrested, witnesses and local officials said.
The 32-year-old suspect, believed to be a local, sped towards a crowd of about 50 outside the “L’Instant T” bar at around 1:00 am (2300 GMT Thursday), witnesses at the scene told AFP.
Several witnesses told AFP that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) during the incident a cry which has been uttered by jihadists during previous attacks.
A source close to the investigation said the man was not known to police for suspected radicalisation and reports suggest police do not believe the attack was motivated by terrorism.
The region’s public prosecutor Eric Maurel said the suspect tried to flee but was caught and roughed up by the crowd.
He was in a state of “mental confusion” during his arrest and has been hospitalised, Maurel added.
Boy they sure checked off all the boxes on this one.
Unknown to police
No terrorist motivation