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Sunday 17 December 2017

Girl (12) dies after car rams pizzeria

Police at the scene in Sept-Sorts. Photo: Reuters
Police at the scene in Sept-Sorts. Photo: Reuters

A 13-year-old girl was killed and her younger brother received life-threatening injuries when a driver steered his car into a pizzeria east of Paris.

Authorities initially said the victim was eight-years-old, but later said she was 13.

An official with the national gendarme service said her younger brother was among at least 12 people injured in the attack last night.

The official said the attacker was driving a BMW that he aimed at customers of Pizzeria Cesena in the small town of Sept-Sorts.

The French interior ministry described the man as apparently suicidal and said it did not believe his actions were linked to terrorism.

Depressive

"I cannot tell you that terrorism has been discounted, but it is not the leading line of inquiry at this point. The first indications don't point towards terrorism," said the spokesman.

He described the man as a "depressive" and said he was about 30-years-old.

Officers from the national gendarmerie put up a security cordon around the scene and urged the public not to hinder their operation.

The incident happened less than a week after an Algerian was arrested on suspicion of deliberately ramming a car into a group of soldiers on a patrol in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

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