Man Arrested After Attempted Car Ramming in Front of Paris Mosque, Police say attempt failed because of barriers placed in front of mosque

A man was arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil on Thursday, police said, adding that no one was injured.

File photo: A masked French policeman secures the area on the Champs Elysees avenue after an incident in Paris, France, June 19, 2017Police said the man’s motives were unclear, and that he had not succeeded in driving into the crowd because of barriers placed in front of the mosque.

The incident took place at about 18:30 local time (16:30 GMT) in the suburb of Créteil and no-one was hurt.

The man was apparently thwarted by barriers put up to protect the mosque.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the man said he had wanted to avenge attacks linked to ISIS that have killed dozens in Paris over the past years.

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Europe has seen a number of vehicle attacks in the past year, many by those claiming allegiance to IS;

Timeline: Vehicle ramming attacks in Europe

  • 14 July 2016, Nice, France: A man drove a lorry for 2km (1.2 miles) through a large crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice. Eighty-six people were killed, and more than 300 injured
  • 19 December 2016, Berlin, Germany: A man drove a lorry through the crowded Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 49. IS said one of its “soldiers” carried out the attack
  • 22 March 2017, London, UK: Six people died and at least 50 were injured when a car mounted the pavement on London’s Westminster Bridge and drove at high speed through pedestrians. The attacker then entered the parliament complex on foot and fatally stabbed a police officer, before being shot
  • April 7 2017, Stockholm, Sweden: Four people were killed when a lorry crashed into the front of a department store. The Uzbek driver was arrested and confessed to a “terrorist crime”
  • 3 June 2017, London, UK: Eight people were killed when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market. The attackers were shot dead
  • 19 June 2017, London, UK: A man was arrested on suspicion of terror offences after he drove a van into a group of worshippers close to a mosque in north London. One man died

French report;

  • La mosquée de Créteil attaquée à la voiture bélier / Créteil (94) – France 29 juin 2017

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