Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Police: Girl, 8, killed as car plows into French pizzeria

France's Interior Ministry says a 32-year-old man who drove his car into a pizzeria was apparently suicidal and the incident is not believed linked to terrorism.

Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that the man was born in 1985 and was believed to have tried to commit suicide last week.

French officials said an eight-year-old girl was killed and four people were injured in a condition of "absolute emergency" after the driver slammed his car into the sidewalk cafe of a pizza restaurant in a small town east of Paris.

Eight others were slightly injured.

The man was arrested soon after the attack Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris.

A police official said the man was psychologically unstable and had no police record. The official says investigators are not searching for accomplices.

An official with the national gendarme service said the driver was arrested soon after the incident Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts.

An Algerian man drove his car into a group of French soldiers last week, and a truck attack in the French city of Nice left 86 people dead a little more than a year ago.

Several other countries have seen cars used as weapons in recent years.

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