Several injured as French military guarding mosque open fire on ‘ramming’ car

Several people have been injured after a military patrol guarding a mosque in the French town of Valence, Drome, opened fire on a car that appeared to want to ram them, local media report.

The driver of the car did not stop after being told to do so, Le Parisien reports, so the patrol opened fire on the vehicle.

One of the soldiers fired and wounded the attacker, who received hand and leg injuries. Another person in the car was injured.

Three soldiers were injured in the incident.

The man in the vehicle is yet to be identified. According to Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France, the driver didn’t have his license with him.


One of the soldiers was hit by the car, according to an independent journalist at the scene, while a stray bullet hit a worshiper, the Dauphiné Libéré news outlet reports.

The driver has been detained. His motives are unclear.

Following the November 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, security has been heightened in France. Vehicle ramming has been seen as a terrorist tactic.

Among the ramming attacks in France, in December 2014 a man in Dijon was arrested after running over 11 pedestrians in five areas of the city in the space of half an hour. The man was reportedly shouting, “Allahu Akbar.” The Dijon attack was followed the next day by the Nantes ramming attack, when a man ran over 10 pedestrians with a white van at the city’s Christmas market, and then attempted suicide.