Paris: Car Mowed Down 6 Soldiers, 2 Seriously Injured

Trevor Jackson
Августа 10, 2017

French police used gunfire to "neutralize" a man who is believed to have used a auto to ram into a group of soldiers on patrol in a Paris suburb early Wednesday - an attack that injured six people.

French security forces have shot and arrested a man suspected of being behind an attack on soldiers in a Paris suburb today, security sources said.

The mayor of Paris has expressed her support for the six injured soldiers, wishing them a quick recovery.

Parisian police tweeted that there is a search underway for the vehicle.

The motive of the attack is still unknown, though local mayor Patrick Balkany said the incident had "without any doubt" been deliberate.

The soldiers were on an Operation Sentinelle routine patrol, which was launched after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015 to protect civilians from terror attacks.

Levallois-Perret is about 3 miles from city center landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Elysee Presidential Palace.

The latest incident is one of several recent attacks targeting French security forces guarding public sites.

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"It all happened very quickly", he said.

Two of the soldiers were seriously injured and all were taken to hospital, although none of their injuries are thought to be life-threatening. "[Police are] searching for a vehicle", the statement said.

One eyewitness, who gave her name as Zakia, told BFMTV that she was awakened by a "boom" before running to her balcony.

"I heard a loud noise, the sound of scraping metal", a nearby resident, Jean-Claude Veillant, told BBC. The driver was killed but the country's interior minister described the attack on the police as terror-related.

On June 19, a man crashed a auto containing a gas canister into a police van on the Champs-Elysee before his vehicle exploded into flames.

The auto involved sped off after the incident, sparking Paris prosecutors' office anti-terrorism unit to launch a probe into "attempted relation to a terrorist undertaking".

France remains under a state of emergency since November 2015, as terrorist attacks have killed more than 230 people in the past two years. The investigation is still ongoing, and French police haven't released all the details yet, including the names of the soldiers or the attackers motive.

In June, an Islamic extremist attacked a police officer with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.

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