At the least three college students had been significantly injured within the collision exterior Saint-Exupéry highschool close to the French metropolis of Toulouse.
Police say the incident which occurred at round 4pm native time, was deliberate.
Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau stated: “For the second, it isn’t being checked out as a terrorist incident though it’s also not dominated out.”
The incident occurred simply as an ISIS linked group released a chilling warning that they had been planning one other atrocity in France, this time focusing on kids, to mark the anniversary of the 2015 Paris assaults.
The Express stories: The motive force tried to drive off however was stopped by police and arrested immediately.
As he was arrested by police he instructed them he heard voices telling him to harm somebody, native media stated.
They had been transferred to Purpan Hospital in Toulouse.
The male driver, reportedly born in 1989, was arrested on the scene.
Police sources instructed Agence France-Presse the incident was a “deliberate assault” however the suspect was not on an inventory of identified extremists.
Officers stated the 28-year-old man was identified to the authorities and had a earlier historical past of drug use and schizophrenia.
In keeping with French newspaper Le Figaro, the driving force had beforehand attended a psychiatric hospital.
The Mayor of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc took to Twitter and stated: “Very shocked by the aggression in opposition to the scholars in Blagnac. We provide them and their households all of our help”.
A neighborhood police supply stated: “The automobile mounted the pavement quickly after 4pm and prompted immense panic because it focused college students leaving the school.
“The person accountable was identified to police however had no historical past of terrorism. He has extreme psychological issues, and had been positioned below supervision previously.”
The faculty campus includes of a number of postgraduate programs together with journalism, laptop science, actual property and enterprise.
Paul, a communications pupil on the IGS campus instructed native media: “I used to be at school and I heard sirens.
“We considered an accident as a result of once we obtained off the campus there have been a whole lot of police automobiles on the bottom. The college administration didn’t clarify what was happening.”
The motive force was stopped on boulevard de l’Europe shortly after the collision.
Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau stated: “The person was identified to the police and the judiciary for a number of offences.”
He added: “For the second, it isn’t being checked out as a terrorist incident though it’s also not dominated out.”
Greater than 240 individuals have been killed in France since early 2015 in assaults by Islamist militants or assailants impressed by the Islamic State group.
Monday will mark the second anniversary of assaults in Paris that killed greater than 130 individuals.