Driver Who Ran Over 11 Pedestrians in France Says it Was ‘for Children of Palestine’
JNS.org – A second French driver in as many days shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is greater”) while intentionally driving into a crowd on Monday.
In the latest attack, a 37-year-old driver plowed into a Christmas market in the city of Nantes in western France, injuring 11 and subsequently stabbing himself several times. French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the driver “deliberately crashed into the crowd,” but local prosecutor Brigitte Lamy said the incident was “not a terrorist act.”
On Sunday in the eastern French city of Dijon, a 40-year-old driver also shouted “Allahu Akbar” as well as “this is in the name of the children of Palestine” while driving into a crowd, according to witnesses. The driver, who was reportedly known to police for prior minor offenses, wounded 13 people. He “fit the profile of someone with mental problems,” French police said, AFP reported.
Though authorities are downplaying the possibility of terrorism, the French vehicular attacks mirror two recent Palestinian terror attacks in which drivers rammed their cars into light rail stations in Jerusalem.