Six injured as vehicle hits soldiers in Paris suburb

10 August, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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Six soldiers in France were wounded - two seriously - after a vehicle rammed into them in a Paris suburb on Wednesday morning.

Police have said they are now looking for the vehicle which took off after the incident at about 8am and anti-terrorist police have "taken up the enquiry", according to reports in the French press. The soldiers were leaving an army barracks, authorities said. One official said the attacker hit just as a group of soldiers emerged from the building to board vehicles for a new shift. Of the six hit by the auto, two were reported to be in serious condition.

The injured soldiers were all the members of the anti-terrorism operation which has been deployed since the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015 in Paris.

Anti-terror police are now investigating the incident, which occurred in Levallois-Perret outside Paris.

The incident is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces in France.

'Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act, ' Balkany told BFM TV. He said the vehicle "accelerated very quickly when they left" the building.

Two soldiers were seriously hurt and four others suffered minor injuries. Quoting unnamed police officials, however, the AP said a man was arrested at one stop.

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It accelerated as it neared the troops, rammed into them and then sped away.

Police are searching for a BMW which is believed to have been used in the attack.

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.

The increasing number of attacks spurred French counterterrorism prosecutors to ramp up investigations and actively pursue perpetrators who are connected to a terrorist enterprise and attempt to murder French security forces.

More than 230 people have been killed in terror attacks in France since the start of 2015. France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters the driver targeted the soldiers in a calculated vehicle attack.

The suspect, a 36-year-old North African man who lives in another suburb of Paris, was wounded and taken to a hospital, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

The mayor added that the act appeared to be deliberate.

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