Man arrested after trying to drive into crowd at mosque in Paris

Updated 2017-06-30 09:30:11 Xinhua

A man was arrested on Friday evening after attempting to drive his car into a crowd in front of the Creteil mosque in southeastern suburb of Paris, said a statement from the Police prefecture.

The suspect was driving a 4x4 vehicle and reportedly "repeatedly struck the blocks and gates protecting the mosque."

No injuries were reported.

Unable to pass the obstacles, the police said the driver continued his race, hit a platform and then fled. He was arrested "without incident" at his home.

According to several French media, the man said he wanted to "avenge the Bataclan and the Champs-Elysees," referring to terror attacks that occurred there.

Michel Delpuech, Chief of the police prefecture, 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.

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