Man rams auto into students in Toulouse, arrested

The attack happened near the French city of Toulous

The attack happened near the French city of Toulous

The attack took place outside IGS, a multi-campus higher education institution with a location in Blagnac, a town near Toulouse in southwestern France. The victims were reportedly of Chinese origin and two are in serious condition.

French police told media outlets the auto ramming appeared to be deliberate, but the 28-year-old suspect did not show up on a security watch list.

The French news channel BFM reports the driver, who was immediately arrested, was known to authorities for previous crimes but was not on a list of known extremists. However, the man had been in conflict of the law in drugs-related cases.

The driver has long suffered from psychological problems and was hospitalised until December 2016, the prosecutor said.

Two men, aged 22 and 23, were also hurt. All three were transported to Purpan Hospital in Toulouse. As of now, there is no indication that it is an act of terrorism. He offered support to the injured students and their families.

More than 240 people have been killed in France since early 2015 in attacks by Islamist militants or assailants inspired by the Islamic State group. There are fears of a terrorist attack.

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