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December 22, 2014

In Dijon, France, Man Drives Car Into Pedestrians Shouting "Alluha Akbar!;"
In Nantes, Man Drives Car Into Middle of Christmas Market, Injuring 17

Via Jim Treacher, at AFP.

Dijon (France) (AFP) - A driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers....

The man had targeted groups of passersby at five different locations in the city on Sunday evening in a rampage that lasted around half an hour, the police source said.

"Nine people were lightly injured and two others seriously but their lives do not appear to be in danger," the source added.

Witnesses told police that the driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "that he was acting for the children of Palestine", a source close to the investigation said.

...

France is still reeling from a suspected radical Islamic attack on Saturday that saw a French convert to Islam shot dead after attacking police officers with a knife while also reportedly crying "Allahu Akbar" in the central town of Joue-les-Tours.

And now, in Nantes, we have another vehicle being driven into a crowd at a Christmas market. The state prosecutor says it's not an act of terrorism, but I have my suspicions.

My own translation of the article:

Sébastien S. ran over some pedestrians in the town square, wounding at least 17. According to our sources, the suspect then stabbed himself nine times with a knife. The state prosecutor called it an "isolated case," ruling out any act of terrorism.

Yeah... but see what some witnesses say.

...


The man, Sebastien S., who had plowed into the crowd, stabbed himself nine times with a knife, according to our sources. Seriously wounded, he is currently hospitalized... the driver had further cried "Allahu Akbar," stated witnesses and a police officer cited by France West. "We cannot call it an act of terrorism," the state prosecutor Brigitte Lamy declared, however, speaking of an "isolated case."

I read about one of these in France last week, a case of a vehicle riding into a crowd, but it didn't note any motive so I thought I shouldn't mention it.

But it seems to be a trend.






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