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One dead after car hits people at Marseille bus stop: French police

A police source, who asked not to be identified, did not say whether the incident was being treated as a terror attack or an accident.

world Updated: Aug 21, 2017 17:08 IST
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A police source, who asked not to be identified, did not say whether the incident was being treated as a terror attack or an accident.(AFP Photo/Representative image)

A van rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille on Monday, killing one person and injuring another, a police official said.

The driver of the Renault Master van was arrested in a third location, the scenic Old Port area of France’s second-largest city, David-Olivier Reverdy of the Alliance police union said.

Police tweeted that an operation was underway and asked residents to avoid part of Old Port. BFM-TV said a witness noted the license plate of the van and was able to give it to police, allowing them to make the arrest.

A man was injured at the first bus stop and the woman killed at the second, Reverdy said. The two bus stops are about 5 kilometers (3 miles) apart in the northern part of Marseille.

A motive was not immediately known.

Reverdy said it was too early to blame the incident on terrorism, but “given the times” it could not be excluded as a possible motive. He said all possibilities were being studied.

The incident comes just days after back-to-back van attacks in Barcelona and Spanish resort town of Cambrils killed 14 people.

First Published: Aug 21, 2017 14:57 IST