PARIS (AP) – A 29-year-old Frenchman who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group faces possible terrorism charges after driving his car into the police, injuring three officers.
The incident occurred Monday in the northwest of the Parisian suburb of Colombes, while the police were carrying out an identity check. The driver collided with police cars and police motorcycles, sending three police officers to the hospital, the National Counterterrorism Prosecutor’s Office said on Tuesday.
The driver was arrested and investigators found a knife in his car and a letter pledging allegiance to IS and claiming to impose Islamic Sharia law worldwide, the statement said.
Counterterrorism prosecutors have decided to resume the investigation after the driver received a psychological test on Tuesday and was found to be sane.
The man, who has not been identified, is at risk of being charged with links to criminal terrorism and attempted murder of officers in the context of a terrorist enterprise, the statement said.
More than 200 people have been killed across France in ISIS attacks in 2015 and 2016, and police and soldiers have been repeatedly targeted by violent extremists.
Police have stepped up street controls since France last month imposed nationwide containment measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic.