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French police seek driver who tried to run down soldiers in Alps

French police seek driver who tried to run down soldiers in Alps

The local civic authorities said the people were advised to keep their children indoors as the man who attacked the soldiers was still to be apprehended.

A French judicial police officer stands at the entrance to the barracks in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset on March 29, 2018, after a man tried to ram his vehicle into soldiers jogging nearby.

Thursday's suspect drove around the military barracks in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset, in the southeastern Isere region, shouting at groups of soldiers from the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade, Col. Benoit Brulon, a French Army spokesman, told The Associated Press.

Security sources suggest that nobody was injured, as the soldiers managed to avoid the vehicle.

Four people died before the attacker was gunned down.

France remains on high alert after a number of terror attacks in recent years, although in October last year President Macron lifted a state of emergency in place since 2015.

He and the three other victims will be laid to rest on Thursday.

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"You fell under the bullets of terrorism and took with you the insouciance of a little town in Occitanie where no one expected to ever experience such happenings", Trebes Mayor Eric Menassi told mourners at the gathering attended by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

At least six security force members have been killed during that period.

Radouane Lakdim, 25, began his killing spree when he stole a auto in the medieval town of Carcassonne, shooting the driver dead. He also shot dead the passenger of a auto he hijacked in Carcassonne. The 25-year-old gunman, who claimed to be representing the Islamic State, was later shot dead by the police.

His 18-year-old girlfriend, a radicalised Muslim convert, was charged with being part of a terrorist conspiracy.

Macron made reference to Knoll's death in a national tribute to a gendarme killed last week in an Islamist attack.

The army and police have also been targeted in several non-deadly attacks.

A huge search has been launched to locate the driver, after the soldiers of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment gave a description of the auto to police.

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