Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Vehicle ploughs into soldiers outside Paris

Vehicle ploughs into soldiers outside Paris

French media reported that the six soldiers were leaving their barracks when they were hit by a BMW. The driver is on the run.

A driver wounded six French soldiers in the northwest Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret Wednesday morning in what has been called a "deliberate act" after the vehicle targeted the troops who were on an anti-terror patrol.

Police in France are on the hunt for a driver who ploughed a auto into a group of soldiers patrolling a Paris suburb earlier this morning.

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. Police have closed off the roads.

A police officer was also injured by gunfire during the apprehension, the prosecutors' office said. "This vehicle was waiting for them", he continued.

Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany told BFMTV it was an "odious attack" and said it was "without a doubt a deliberate act". The man was stopped as police were hunting for the auto, believed to be a BMW, that was involved in the attack. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case said.

The troops, four of whom were injured lightly and two seriously, were part of Operation Sentinelle, the anti-terrorism measures that have been deployed in the French capital since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015.

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The Paris Police Authority announced Wednesday that police units have launched an operation in the area to find the vehicle that attacked the soldiers on route.

France remains under a state of emergency since November 2015, as terrorist attacks have killed more than 230 people in the past two years.

Policemen guard near the attack site in Levallois-Perret, France on August 9, 2017.

"The attacker was a 31-year-old French national from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil whose name was on a terror watchlist because of his known links with suspected extremists", The Guardian says.

"The vehicle accelerated towards the soldiers for five meters in order to hit them", he told reporters.

The deputy mayor of Levallois-Perret, Isabelle Balkany, tweeted a message describing the attack, which she said was clearly premeditated.

In April a policeman was shot dead by a man on the Champs-Elysées, who was later shot dead himself.

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