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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Pair arrested after vehicle driven at soldiers in French Alps

Both are currently being questioned by police in Grenoble.

None of the soldiers, from the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade, was injured (Peter Byrne/PA)
None of the soldiers, from the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade, was injured (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a failed car attack on French soldiers, a police official said.

The official said the unnamed man was arrested in his home in Grenoble on Thursday on suspicion of driving at soldiers who were out jogging near their military barracks and shouting death threats.

He said the woman was arrested in Echirolles, a suburb of Grenoble, and was the owner of the car used in the attack.

The official could not say what connection the two have to one another.

They are both currently being questioned by police in Grenoble.

Colonel Benoit Brulot, a French Army spokesman, earlier told the AP that the driver circled the military barracks in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset, in the south-eastern Isere region, shouting at groups of soldiers.

He returned later and tried to hit the two soldiers with his car before making a quick getaway.

Mr Brulot said that none of the soldiers, from the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade, was injured.

Authorities are on high alert as the incident occurred one week after an Islamic extremist shot at police returning from jogging in southern France, before taking hostages in a supermarket in an attack that claimed four lives.

Mr Brulot said several of the soldiers were questioned by gendarmes in nearby Grenoble.

Press Association

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