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21 Aug 2017

France: One killed as van rams into bus-stops in Marseille

France: One killed, one injured in van attack

A van crashed into two bus stops in France's Marseille this morning, killing one and seriously injuring another.

The incidents happened at Croix Rouge in the 13th district at about 9am, and then an hour later at Valentine in the 11th district.

Police have advised people to stay away from the old port area.

The driver has been nabbed. The motive isn't yet known.

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France: One killed, one injured in van attack

The attacker and the victims

According to media reports, the 35-year-old driver was known for "acts of minor delinquency" and is suspected to have "psychological problems". He was driving a stolen Renault Espace. Meanwhile, among the victims are a 42-year-old woman (dead) and a 29-year-old woman (injured).

Rise in terror attacks in France

Terrorism

Rise in terror attacks in France

France has seen a spurt in terror attacks in the last few years. Just last year, 80 people were killed in Nice when a truck drove into crowds on Bastille Day. The attack was claimed by the IS.

Earlier in August, six anti-terror personnel were killed in a "deliberate act of terror" when a man rammed a BMW into them outside a barrack.

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