Paris soldiers hit by vehicle outside barracks

Marie Harrington
August 10, 2017

Police hunting a driver who rammed his BMW into a group of French soldiers in western Paris, before speeding off, have arrested a suspect.

Police are searching for a BMW vehicle that rammed into a group of soldiers in the northwestern Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

The incident happened as the soldiers left their barracks in Levallois-Perret to go on patrol.

Police say they are now searching for the suspect and the auto.

Patrick Balkany, the mayor of Levallois-Perret, has said that there is "no doubt that this is a deliberate attack".

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.

"The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8:00 a.m.", France's RFI radio reports.

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Today's is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces guarding France over the past year. He said the vehicle "accelerated very quickly when they left" the building.

Two of the soldiers were seriously injured and all were taken to hospital, although none of their injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

The street is normally guarded by posts that are removed when vehicles move in and out, so the driver must have known exactly when to strike, Veillant said.

Balkany told BFMTV that the auto was "pre-positioned" in a small alleyway, waiting for troops from the 35th Infantry Regiment to come out of the building.

Nadia LeProhon, a witness, told The Associated Press she heard a loud crash outside her building and rushed outside to see two soldiers on the ground. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP.

The suspect was intercepted by the police on a motorway in northern France while driving the BMW which may have been used in the attack. She condemned the attack calling it "a cowardly act". Last weekend, a teenager with a knife shouting "Allahu akbar" attempted to force his way into the Eiffel Tower.

In June, an alleged Daesh-linked terrorist attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.

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