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    Marseille Car Attacker Mentally Ill, Examination Results Reportedly Confirm

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    The man who drove into two bus shelters in the French city of Marseille is likely mentally ill, local Valeurs Actuelles news magazine reported Tuesday, citing psychiatric examination results.

    PARIS (Sputnik) – The magazine reported, citing Marseille's Prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux, that the man "did not provide any explanation to the acts, committed with [the use of] car."

    The newspaper also noted that in late 2015 the detainee was already sentenced to a three-year imprisonment for theft. The man was released on May 17 and then hospitalized to a psychiatric institution in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone.

    On Monday, the man driving a car rammed into bus shelters injuring one person and killing another.

    Local media reported that the detained 35-year-old suspect was known to the police but not to the intelligence service and cited a source close to the investigation saying that the driver suffered from a mental disorder. No indication that the incidents might be terror attacks was reported.


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