BREAKING NEWS: Soldiers open fire on car as it tried to ram mosque TWICE in France with bullets wounding driver, passenger and a nearby worshipper
Soldiers opened fire on a car that tried to ram a mosque they were guarding in the south eastern French town of Valence today, it has been reported.
The bullets wounded the car’s driver, and a stray bullet struck an innocent worshipper, a 72-year-old man who was shot in the calf, while a soldier was slightly injured in the incident.
A photo posted on social media showed one of them being treated at the scene.
The attacker had twice rammed his car – which was registered in Savoie, a department to the east – into the four soldiers guarding the mosque.
The mosque’s spokesman Abdallah Imam Dliouah said the driver, who was ‘unknown to the mosque’, tried to deliberately slam into the four soldiers who were ‘responsible for protecting’ it.
Mayor Nicolas Daragon told the iTELE news channel that the attacker’s man his identity, motives and psychiatric state were not yet known.
Photos showed the red Peugeot, whose windows were smashed by bullets, lying in a ditch, its front bonnet crumpled from the collision.
In another photo shared on Twitter, paramedics surround a man who appears to have wounds on his chest.
It is not known whether the man being treated was the driver, the passenger, the soldier or the worshipper, all of whom were injured in the incident.
In a Facebook statement, Dliouah added: ‘They [the soldiers] had to use their firearms
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