In France in the city of Nantes on Monday, according to Time, a third driver in a recent spate of such attacks rammed his car into a crowd of pedestrians. This time, the pedestrians were Christmas shoppers searching for gifts in a marketplace.
The incident marked the second such case in an apparent ongoing series of attacks. Reportedly, 11 or more people were injured in the latest attack.
According to Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet, the driver, 37, intentionally drove his vehicle into the crowd of Christmas shoppers. He then, according to the Associated Press, repeatedly stabbed himself. He, along with four victims who he injured, were transported to a local hospital and are listed in serious condition.
The driver of the vehicle that rammed into the crowd of Christmas shoppers, according to a prosecutor, acted alone. Though the investigation is ongoing, the prosecutor said that the man did not seem to be motivated by a desire to commit an act of terrorism.
Just the day before, a driver shouting “God is great!” in Arabic in the city of Dijon, France, crashed his vehicle into a crowd of 13 pedestrians. The man reportedly had a history of mental problems.
The first attack occurred on Saturday, when a man who also shouted “God is great!” in Arabic was gunned down by police after he attacked them with a knife.
Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, according to the AP, stated that the recent attacks “concern us all.” This latest incident of a driver ramming his car into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Nantes has the people of France wondering if the incidents are related, and if there will be another one in the coming days.
Written By Douglas Cobb