While there was some initial speculation that Holloway may have been motivated by terrorism to commit the crime that led to the death of an Arizona woman and left 36 people injured, Las Vegas police have ruled out the attack as an act of terror. In France, however, police did say that the unnamed driver reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “For the children of Palestine” while he was attempting to kill pedestrians with his vehicle. Fortunately, no one was killed in the attack, but 11 people were seriously injured.
Authorities in both the U.S. and France are saying that both drivers appear to be mentally unstable. Police in Nevada have confirmed that Holloway had recently changed her name to Paris Paradise Morten, which may serve as either an indicator to her mental stability or an indicator that she was planning to kill pedestrians outside the Paris Las Vegas hotel where her crimes actually took place.
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Back in Dijon, France, police say they knew the driver had a criminal record from the 1990s but would not comment on those crimes. French authorities revealed only that he has a psychiatric history and had spent time in a mental hospital. They are unsure of his motives in his latest criminal act.
The attack on Sunday came one day after French police shot and killed a man inside of a police station after he attacked law enforcement officers with a knife while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The Arabic phrase, which means “God is Greatest,” is often recited by Islamic extremists committing acts of terror.