Soldier auto incident in Alps not terrorism-related: French prosecutor

Soldier auto incident in Alps not terrorism-related: French prosecutor

The driver is still on the run; while a second individual who was in the same vehicle is also wanted.

Members of the 93rd mountain artillery regiment were jogging near their barracks in the alpine town of Varces-Allières-et-Risset when the man drove a stolen vehicle at them, forcing the soldiers to dive out of the way, the BBC reported.

A driver was on the run Thursday after attempting to ram two French soldiers who were jogging outside military barracks in the Alps, officials said.

"The soldiers managed to get up onto the pavement without being hit", army spokesman Colonel Benoit Brulon told AFP.

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Police sealed off the area and began a search for the driver, while the army stepped up security around the barracks, Brulon said.

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Today, the four victims of the attack in the town of Carcassonne and nearby Trebes, including the heroic officer Arnaud Beltrame, will be laid to rest in the region.

According to France Info, "there has been no information so far whether it was a terrorist attack or not".

But after three hours of negotiations the gunman, who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, slit Beltrame's throat before himself being shot dead by police.

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday led a national tribute to Beltrame, who swapped places with a woman Lakdim had been holding hostage.

Last week, a man shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he stormed a supermarket in Trebe taking hostages before security forces stormed the building and he was killed.

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