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Car rushes Vatican gate, fired on by guards



A driver has rushed one of the entrance gates of the Vatican.

It managed to get past Swiss Guards (the Vatican security force) and reach the Apostolic Palace courtyard before coming to a stop. The suspect was apprehended.

Vatican police fired a shot at the speeding car's front tires after it rushed the gate, but the vehicle managed to continue on its way.

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That's according to the Vatican press office in a statement late on Thursday (Friday AEDT). It wasn't clear if Pope Francis was anywhere near the incident, which occurred after at the Santa Anna gate.

The driver has been arrested and is now in custody. The incident is not believed to be terror-related.

Francis lives on the other side of Vatican City.

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