Man Tries To Drive Car Into Crowd Of Muslims Outside Paris Mosque

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A man was arrested Thursday night after allegedly attempting to drive a car into a crowd gathered outside a Paris mosque.

Barriers surrounding the mosque stopped the man from succeeding with his attack. Police said the motive behind the attack is unclear. Local newspaper Le Parisien reports the suspect said he wanted revenge for the “Bataclan and Champs-Elysees” attacks.

The Bataclan theater was one of the targets in the Nov. 13, 2015 attack in Paris, which killed 130 people. A police officer was shot to death April 20 at the iconic Champs-Elysees street in the center of the capital. Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Thursday’s failed attack follows a similar incident June 18 in London. Darren Osborne, 47, drove a rental van through a crowd of Muslims as they left a mosque following Ramadan prayers. One man died and a number of people were injured. (RELATED: Van Plows Through Pedestrians In London)

Osborne allegedly shouted “kill all Muslims” and “this is for London Bridge” after the attack.

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