Driver shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ hits crowds of pedestrians in France

At least 2 people have been seriously injured after a mentally unstable driver shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ has deliberately run into crowds of pedestrians in several separate locations in the French city of Dijon.

In total, 11 people have been injured in the run-over incidents on Sunday evening, AFP reports.

“Nine people were lightly injured and two others seriously but their lives do not appear to be in danger,”police source said.

According to Le Figaro, there were three people inside the car. The motorists first hit 4 pedestrians and then crashed into a crowd of 7, reports Le Bien Republic.

The driver tried to flee the scene, but was detained by police. The perpetrator was “apparently imbalanced and had been in a psychiatric hospital,” the source told AFP, adding that “for now his motives are still unclear”.

According to witnesses, besides“Allahu Akbar”the driver also shouted that that he was acting “for the children of Palestine.”

Policemen gesture on December 21, 2014 in Dijon on the site where a driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great") ploughed into a crowd injuring 11 people, two seriously, a source close to the investigation said (AFP Photo / Arnaud Finistre)

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has expressed his support and solidarity with the victims of the incident and their families.

The Sunday incident comes a day after a French man armed with a knife stormed a police station at Joue-les-Tours near the city of Tours and stabbed three police officers, also reportedly shouting ‘God is great’ in Arabic. The attacker was shot dead by police.