Paris, June 30: In a major incident, a man was arrested on Friday after attempting to drive his car into a crowd in front of the Creteil mosque in Paris, said a statement from the police.
“The suspect was driving a 4×4 vehicle and reportedly repeatedly struck the blocks and gates protecting the mosque,” Xinhua news agency quoted the police as saying.
However, so injuries were reported in the accident.
As he was unable to pass the obstacles, the police said the driver continued his race, ran into a platform and then escape from the spot. He was arrested “without incident” at his home.
According to several local media reports, the man revealed that he wanted to “avenge the Bataclan and the Champs-Elysees”, referring to terror attacks that occurred there.
Police Chief Michel Delpuech said he would do everything possible to ensure the investigation led to clarity surrounding the motivations of the perpetrator and to determine his criminal responsibility.