Three hurt in car attack near Toulouse: French police

Police sources told Agence France-Presse the incident was a "deliberate attack" but the suspect was not on a list of known extremists.

A vehicle was intentionally driven Friday into three students outside a high school near the southern French city of Toulouse, injuring them, the country's interior ministry said.

The suspect, a 28-year-old known to the police for minor offenses, was arrested at the scene and taken for questioning.

A suspect had been taken into custody after he rammed his auto into a crowd outside a college in Blagnac, near the city of Toulouse.

French media said the driver spent time in a psychiatric hospital and has a history of acute schizophrenia and drug use.

Three of the school's students, reportedly Chinese nationals, sustained injuries during the incident.

All three victims were in their twenties, with a 23-year-old woman the most seriously injured and two men - aged 22 and 23 also hurt.

The driver attempted to drive off but was stopped by police and arrested straight away.

The college campus comprises of several postgraduate courses including journalism, computer science, real estate and business.

Paul, a communications student at IGS Campus, told La Depeche: "I was in class and I heard sirens". One of them is said to be in a serious condition.

  • Rogelio Becker