A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to mow down a crowd of people outside a Paris mosque this evening. Police said the man’s motives were unclear, and that he had not succeeded in driving into the crowd because of barriers placed in front of the mosque.
According to Le Parisien newspaper, the man said he had wanted to avenge attacks linked to Islamic State that have killed dozens in Paris over the past years. According to officers the suspected attacker is of Armenian origin. No injuries were reported by police at the incident, which occurred in the Paris suburb of Creteil in the south-east of the capital.
A statement released by police said: “An individual driving a 4×4 vehicle hit cones and barriers placed to protect the mosque of Créteil. Failing to pass the obstacles, the driver of the vehicle continued to race, crashed into a median, and then fled. There were no wounded among the worshipers. The driver and owner of the vehicle was arrested.”