(Reuters) - A man driving a van ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in Nantes in western France on Monday evening, injuring at least 10 people, authorities said.
Five people including the driver suffered serious injuries and one of the victims was in a critical state, they said.
After mowing down shoppers and passers-by in the popular square in the centre of the city, the driver stabbed himself several times with a knife, according to the interior ministry.
A ministry spokesman said it was too early to determine the man's motives. Nantes prosecutor Brigitte Lamy told reporters on the scene that he had made no religious claim and appeared to have acted alone.
Local newspaper Ouest France had earlier reported, citing a police officer and witnesses, that the driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic). But several witnesses denied to Reuters that he pronounced those words.
I wonder who those witnesses were? Police officers are trained in accuracy. And it's a bit of a clue to motive, isn't it?
The tragic accident in Glasgow where six people died this afternoon is just that; an accident. Witnesses report that the driver of the dustcart was having some sort of fit or seizure.