Anti-terror investigators probe Paris attack as minister condemns 'cowardly act'

Randolph Lopez
August 10, 2017

An urgent police operation is now under way to find the vehicle - reportedly a BMW - and driver involved in the incident in the north-western suburb of Levallois-Perret.

An official said police began shooting when the arrest turned violent.

The vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear, a police spokesman said.

Franceinfo spoke to the mayor of Levallois-Perret, who condemned the possible attack against military personnel in the commune.

Ten-thousand soldiers have been deployed on foot patrol since January 2015 after the attacks on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The attack happened at about 8 a.m. local time when the auto emerged from an alley and plowed into the group as they emerged from a building.

After the arrest was confirmed, the first deputy mayor of Levallois-Perret, Isabelle Balkany, tweeted "Bravo to the police forces!"

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

"It's an odious act of aggression", he told BFM-TV.

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

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

"I heard a loud noise, the sound of scraping metal".

Police in France have shot, wounded and arrested a man after a dramatic auto chase along a motorway in the north of the country following an attack on soldiers in Paris.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb described the ramming of the soldiers as "deliberate" and carried out by a "man on his own".

"He was driving the vehicle we were looking for and tried to flee", the source added, leading police to open fire. The move means authorities believe the attack was deliberate and planned with a terrorist motive.

They include a string of assaults on the heavily-armed security forces who now dot the streets of the capital - the last only four days ago.

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.

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