At least 3 injured in deliberate auto ramming in Toulouse, France

Posted November 11, 2017

The three people hurt are Chinese students ages 22 and 23, police officials said.

At least three people were injured Friday when a speeding auto deliberately slammed into a crowd outside of a school in Toulouse, southwest France.

The prosecutor says the driver was known to police for about 10 minor crimes and not listed on a French register of people suspected of being radicalized by extremists.

The man was arrested immediately.

A driver was arrested after the collision, and the Toulouse prosecutor has been called to investigate, the ministry said.

According to reports the driver has a history of mental illness including acute schizophrenia.

The injured students were believed to be Chinese nationals, the BBC reported.

Two men aged 22 and 23, and a 23-year woman who was in a more serious condition, were hit on a pedestrian crossing outside IGS College just before 4pm local time (3pm United Kingdom time), the reports said. They have been admitted to hospital in the city.

The incident occurred outside a college in the suburb of Blagnac, According to local police it a "deliberate" act of violence meant to cause injury.

"The school management did not explain what was going on".