France, Police Nationale, French police vehicle in Paris (2006)

Terror Alert in Marseille After 1 Killed in Van Attack

Man Arrested After Driving Van into Bus Shelter in Marseille

Police in the French port city Marseille are trying to determine if a van was intentionally driven into a bus shelter Monday, killing a woman.

Psychological Problems

The 35-year-old male driver from Grenoble, who was not identified by name, was being treating for psychological problems, authorities said.

French media report the vehicle had earlier slammed into a different bus shelter nearby, injuring one man there, before it struck the second shelter.

The vehicle’s driver was arrested at the scene.

Old Port of Marseille, France

Old Port of Marseille, France

The two bus stops in Marseille, France’s second largest city, were about five kilometers apart.

Possible Islamic Terror Attack

French authorities are trying to downplay the incident, focusing on psychological problems and petty crime.

“At the moment we have no information on the motives of this individual,” a police source told Reuters.

France continues to be under a state of emergency, since the 2015 attacks in Paris, with military personnel protecting important public places (Opération Sentinelle).

Source: VoA.

Image: France, Police Nationale, French police vehicle in Paris (2006).

 

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