Man who drove car into troops not linked to terrorist group

French prosecutor says man who drove his car into soldiers protecting mosque is not linked to terrorist group

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A French gendarme records damage by taking pictures of a car hit by bullets in front of the mosque of Valence, southeastern France, on January 2, 2016.

A Frenchman of Tunisian descent who rammed his car into French troops protecting a mosque in southern French city of Valence on Friday evening does not have any connection to a terrorist group, a local prosecutor said on Saturday.

"We have no evidence that could indicate an act of terrorism," Valence prosecutor Alex Perrin told reporters.

He also said that the 29-year old man most likely acted alone.

"When he was apprehended, he mentioned the fact that he wanted to kill troops because troops killed people," the prosecutor added. "He said he wanted to be killed by troops."

During the incident, a soldier and a 72-year-old Muslim worshipper were slightly injured.

The city mayor Nicolas Daragon said the driver was also injured after the soldiers shot at him on his second attempt of ramming the car into the group.

France has been on high alert and has declared a state of emergency protecting sensitive sites in the country since DAESH terrorist organisation claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks that targeted six different sites in Paris on November 13, killing 130 people and injuring more than 300 others.

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