3 hurt in possible vehicle attack near Toulouse: French police

3 hurt in possible vehicle attack near Toulouse: French police

French police
French police. (File photo: AFP)

TOULOUSE: A man driving a car near the French city of Toulouse rammed into three students on Friday (Nov 10), leaving two of them in a serious condition, French police told AFP.

The man, who was arrested immediately afterwards, acted "deliberately" but was not on a list of known extremists, the source added, asking not to be named.

France has been victim of a series of vehicle attacks by extremists inspired by the Islamic State group, but there was no immediate confirmation of the driver's identity or motive.

The BFM news channel said the man was known to police for previous non-terror crimes and officers were checking reports he suffered from major psychological problems.

All three of Friday's victims were in their twenties, with a 23-year-old woman the most seriously injured and two men aged 22 and 23 also hurt. The first reports from the scene suggested two of them had been seriously injured.

In July last year, a Tunisian man ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a crowd in the southern city of Nice, killing 86 people.

Toulouse in southwest France is the home of the Airbus plane manufacturer.

Source: Agencies/rw