France: Psychiatric patient mows down 11 people while shouting ‘God is greatest’

Dozens have been injured after a man ploughed a van into a mulled wine stand at a Christmas market in the French city of Nantes.

Five people were seriously hurt when the man drove the white van towards pedestrians at Place Royale on Monday night.

Within seconds of veering into crowds the man, thought to be around 44, stabbed himself nine times. [mc->how tough is it to buy a gun in France]

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Firefighters inspect the engine of a  white van driven into crowds at a Christmas market in Nantes on Monday 

A bomb disposal unit observes the engine of the van left at the scene in Nantes where dozens were injured

While initial reports claimed the man had shouted ‘God is greatest’ in Arabic before driving into the stand, local authorities dismissed suggestions it was terrorist-related. 

Up to 10 people ‘went flying’ when the car ploughed into the mulled wine stand, a police source said.

Local prosecutor Brigitte Lamy said there was no ‘evidence of any religious motive’.

The man, who stabbed himself after ploughing into pedestrians, is being treated at University Hospital in Nantes along with those run over.

His white van got into the Nantes market at around 7pm,’ said a local police source.

‘It was driven into a number of people before coming to a halt. Many were hit, with five requiring particular attention.’

It comes after 13 people were injured in the city of Dijon on Sunday evening when a known psychiatric patient ploughed a Renault Clio into pedestrians while proclaiming ‘God is greatest’ in Arabic. 

The 40-year-old was arrested at the scene in Place du Wilson and taken into police custody where he remains.

Last week security for police officers across France was ‘stepped up’ following a knife attack at a station in Joue-les-Tours.

The van remained at the scene as investigators worked into Monday night following the incident in Nantes

Local prosecutors said the case was not being considered as terrorist-related and was an isolated incident 

It is understood the unidentified man stabbed himself nine times before being taken away in an ambulance

The incident in Nantes comes after a man drove a Renault Clio into crowds of pedestrians in Dijon yesterday

A police source said the man had been taken to the same hospital where the victims are also being treated

The Peugot van remained at the Christmas market in Nantes as investigators surveyed the scene 

Bertrand Nzohabonayo was shot dead after entering a police station in the central town with a knife, seriously wounding two officers, including slashing one in the face.

Nzohabonayo, who had posted an IS flagon his Facebook account, was a French national born in Burundi in 1994.

He was also heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the assault, as local prosecutor Jean-Luc Beck said investigators would seek to determine whether ‘he acted alone or if he acted on orders.

‘Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve visited the scene of the attack on Saturday, saying he had ordered ‘security measures to be stepped up’ for all officers.

Nzohabonayo had previously committed petty criminal offences but was not on a domestic intelligence watch-list.

It is understood French authorities were monitoring the behaviour of his brother who had considered going to Syria.

Authorities in France believe around 1,200 French nationals are involved in jihadist networks in Iraq and Syria.

In Dijon emergency services care for people mowed down by an Islamic convert who ploughed a Renault Clio into crowds on Sunday night 

Thirteen people were injured in Dijon when a psychiatric patient ploughed his car into a crowd of pedestrians. The 40-year-old, known to police in the area, was arrested at the scene

The attack comes days after Bertrand Nzohabonayo was shot dead after entering a French police station with a knife and injuring two officers

 
Dijon incident just day after police attack in Joue-les-Tours

So you’ve got two petty criminals in their forties with a psychiatric background, both using vehicles as weapons of mass destruction, both converted to Islam, and both shouting “God is great” while they’re mowing people down…..and the local politicans and prosecutor says there’s no evident religious motive…..The profiles of these people are pretty similar no matter which country uses these “operators” – not buying it anymore – will be studying mind control time permitting – something I’ve only skimmed since it was too absurd…

While initial reports claimed the man had shouted ‘God is greatest’ in Arabic before driving into the stand, local authorities dismissed suggestions it was terrorist-related.

“Local prosecutor Brigitte Lamy said there was no ‘evidence of any religious motive’.

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All governments are giving the same response – it’s like they all got the same memo. Whose giving the orders?

Orwellian!

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 May the victims RIP. Prayers and condolences to the families.

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One Response to France: Psychiatric patient mows down 11 people while shouting ‘God is greatest’

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