French police seek driver who tried to run down soldiers in Alps

French police seek driver who tried to run down soldiers in Alps

French police seek driver who tried to run down soldiers in Alps

A man was arrested by the police for shouting death threats in Arabic and trying to ram a vehicle into a group of soldiers outside an Army base in southeastern France on Thursday.

Nobody was reportedly injured in the incident, while the driver of a black Peugeot auto escaped from the site, while manhunt is underway.

A man drove his vehicle toward a group of French soldiers out on a Thursday morning jog, but suddenly swerved to avoid hitting them, a prosecutor said, dismissing any link with terrorism.

The incident happened when the soldiers of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment were jogging near their barracks in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset, near the southern city of Grenoble.

Prosecutors in Grenoble said the incident was not being treated as a terrorist attack for the moment and the motive remained unclear.

The country has been on high alert after ISIS supporter Redouane Lakdim went on a rampage in Trebes last Friday, killing four people and injuring 15 others in the first militant attack since President Emmanuel Macron lifted a state of emergency.

On Thursday, the four victims of the attacks, including heroic police officer Arnaud Beltrame who died after taking the place of a female hostage, will be laid to rest in the region.

At least six security force members have been killed during that period. He also shot dead the passenger of a auto he hijacked in Carcassonne.

But after three hours of negotiations the gunman, who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, slit Beltrame's throat before himself being shot dead by police. He later killed two more persons at a supermarket and sought the release of a suspect of the 2015 Paris terror attack in lieu of a hostage.

The army and police have also been targeted in several non-deadly attacks.

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