The man "shouting Allahu Akbar" drives a car against a crowd in France before being pulled by passersby
- A 32-year-old man was arrested in the south of France after driving his car into a crowd of 50 people outside a bar on Thursday night.
- The man was stopped by security barriers and fortunately only two people were injured
- Crowd then chased and hit the suspect, who was shouting Allahu Akbar
- Now he is in police custody on suspicion of attempted murder
A man was arrested after driving his car into a crowd outside a bar in southern France while shouting at Allahu Akbar, witnesses and local officials said.
The 32-year-old suspect, who is believed to be a local, accelerated toward a crowd of about 50 outside the bar around 1:00 a.m. Thursday, witnesses said.
However, his white Peugeot ran into the barriers set for the annual grape harvest festival that featured bullfights that attracted thousands of people.
Several witnesses told AFP that the man shouted & # 39; Allahu Akbar & # 39; – God is the greatest in Arabic – during the incident.
A source close to the investigation said the man was not known to the police on suspicion of radicalization.
The district attorney, Eric Maurel, said the suspect tried to flee but was caught and mistreated by the crowd.
He was in a state of "mental confusion" during his arrest and has been hospitalized, Maurel added.
The man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A police spokesman declined to comment on the man's motives, but said the investigation was being handled by regular police officers instead of anti-terrorist police.