Vehicle runs down soldiers in Paris suburb

Marcus Newton
August 10, 2017

The soldiers were leaving their barracks at the Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret when they were knocked down by the vehicle. The driver is on the run.

French security forces have shot and arrested a man suspected of being behind an attack on a group of soldiers on Wednesday morning in the town of Levallois-Perret, security sources told AFP.

On Wednesday morning, an unknown perpetrator drove a BMW vehicle into a group of military servicemen taking part in the Sentinel patrol operation in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police have closed off the roads. "This vehicle was waiting for them", the mayor told The Guardian.

The local mayor of the Paris suburb said he had "no doubt" the attack was deliberate after the man drove his auto into the group at speed.

Police wait near the scene of the attack, a narrow alleyway.

Balkany described the driver of the vehicle as a "terrorist". It was reported as the group of six soldiers came out of the building to start their shift that the attacker drove into them.

The soldiers are part of Operation Sentinel, activated after the declared national emergency following the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack.

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A major police operation has been launched in order to track down the auto and its driver. "It happened very quickly".

Prosecutors launched a probe into "attempted relation to a terrorist undertaking". "Levallois is a calm place ... this is an odious aggression against our military that nobody expected".

Three of the soldiers suffered light injuries while three were more seriously injured, but their lives are not in danger, according to the Defense Ministry.

More than 230 people have been killed in terror attacks in France since the start of 2015.

The incident is the latest in a series targeting security forces in France guarding sites after a string of deadly attacks.

In June 6, a 40-year-old Algerian doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to Daesh attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral.

And in June, a police van was rammed by a auto carrying firearms and a gas canister on the tourist hotspot of the Champs Élysées in central Paris.

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