French car rampage drivers 'mentally ill'

Two rampaging drivers who injured a total of 23 people in nearly identical incidents in France were apparently mentally ill and the attacks are unlikely to be linked to terrorism, government officials said today.

French car rampage drivers 'mentally ill'

Two rampaging drivers who injured a total of 23 people in nearly identical incidents in France were apparently mentally ill and the attacks are unlikely to be linked to terrorism, government officials said today.

However, counter-terrorism investigators are probing the first of three attacks in recent days – the stabbing of police officers that left the suspect dead.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Europe 1 radio today that there were no indications that the car rampages in the cities of Nantes and Dijon were linked, but he understood people were worried.

He noted the rising profiles of French extremists in Syria and said the terrorist threat is higher than ever.

Prosecutors said the attacker in Dijon had been admitted to hospital 157 times.

The attack in Nantes “seems to be that of an unbalanced mind”, said another government minister.

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