Driver tries to hit 2 soldiers with vehicle in French Alps

Mar 30, 2018, 00:26
Driver tries to hit 2 soldiers with vehicle in French Alps

France Bleu reports the driver of the auto shouted insults at the troops before driving at them.

Soldiers of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment managed to avoid the oncoming vehicle in Varces-Allières-et-Risset, near Grenoble.

"There were a good 10 of them jogging outside their barracks".

The Reuters newswire agency reports the remarks of a source close to the investigation, who said of the suspected attack: "A person tried to run down two soldiers from the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment in Varces, for unknown reasons".

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Quoted by the newspaper, the public prosecutor in Grenoble, Jean-Yves Coquillat, said that "we must remain cautious regarding the motives of the attacker". The 10 soldiers managed to get out of the way of the vehicle, which sped off after the attack.

The attempt to hit the soldiers came a week after a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group went on a shooting spree killing four people in three separate locations in the first Islamist attack of President Emmanuel Macron's presidency.

Radouane Lakdim, 25, began his killing spree when he stole a auto in the medieval town of Carcassonne, shooting the driver dead.

A military official told the AP that no one was injured.

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Noting that Knoll's son, Daniel, had said he wanted to encourage national unity and that everyone "without exception" was welcome at the march, Le Pen said of the insults: "I find the behaviour here undignified toward the (grieving) family". She was allowed to leave when police officer Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame offered himself as a hostage in exchange for her. Beltrame placed his cell phone on a table with an open line, allowing officers outside to listen in on Lakdim's movements.

Last week, a man shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he stormed a supermarket in Trebe taking hostages before security forces stormed the building and he was killed.

Macron made reference to Knoll's death in a national tribute to a gendarme killed last week in an Islamist attack.

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