A man sparked terror fear in Toulouse after shouting “Allahu Akbar” and assaulting seven people. Authorities said the man was mentally-ill and had recently been released from a psychiatric institution.

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Seven people, including three police officers, were attacked on Wednesday in the French city of Toulouse by man who reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

Authorities in France said the man, 42, was mentally ill and had been released from a psychiatric institution in April. He was arrested shortly after the attack.

An eyewitness said, “He just jumped at us, first he attacked my son and then my daughter. We just started to run.”