Vehicle driver 'deliberately' rams into passers-by near Toulouse, injures 3

Violet Powell
November 11, 2017

Three people have been injured after a man ploughed a auto into a group of students near the south-western French city of Toulouse.

The prosecutor said the driver was known to police for about 10 minor crimes and not listed on a French register of people suspected of being radicalized by extremists.

The Mayor of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc took to Twitter and said: "Very shocked by the aggression against the students in Blagnac".

According to the police report, among the injured are Chinese students who are studying in the city.

They were transferred to Purpan Hospital in Toulouse.

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According to two police officials, the suspect was born in 1989 and known to suffer from a psychiatric disorder.

All three of Friday's victims, who were on a crosswalk when the ramming occurred, were in their twenties, with a 23- year-old woman the most seriously injured and two men aged 22 and 23 also hurt.

"We thought about an accident because when we got off the campus there were a lot of police cars on the ground".

Several post-18 colleges are located on the campus, including the International Institute of Trade and Development.

France has experienced a rash of vehicular terror attacks inspired by the Islamic State group, but there has been no immediate confirmation of the driver's identity or motive.

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