Car plows into soldiers in southeastern France

Man, woman arrested and being quested by police in Grenoble

Car plows into soldiers in southeastern France

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police arrested on Thursday two suspects, including a woman, in southeastern France after a driver tried to plow his car into soldiers jogging near a military base just south of Grenoble, in Isere.

"A motorist tried to ram soldiers of the 93rd RAM of Varces while jogging. The investigation into this heinous act is entrusted to the PJ of Grenoble by the prosecutor of Grenoble," the Isere prefecture tweeted. 

The incident happened just before 9 am local time (07:00 GMT) near the barracks at Varces-Allieres-et-Risset, French radio FranceInfo reported. 

The troops were jogging by the side of the road and had to throw themselves into a ditch to avoid the car. No injuries were recorded but the soldiers were left shocked, the radio reported.

In a brief statement on Twitter, the National Police said an individual, suspected to be the driver, had been arrested in connection with the incident in the city of Grenoble, not far from Varces-Allieres-et-Risset.

The car owner, a woman, was arrested in Echirolles, a suburb of Grenoble. They are both currently being questioned by police in Grenoble.

The police said they were not treating the incident as terrorism yet, but the motivation remained unclear.

The incident comes less than a week after last Friday's killing of four people near Carcassonne.

Also injured last week was a police officer who was part of a group of fellow officers jogging when the suspect in the killings allegedly shot at them.

In recent years ISIL terrorists have adopted the tactic of driving vehicles into crowds. 

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