Terror eyed in Paris vehicle attack that injured six soldiers

Casey Dawson
August 10, 2017

The soldiers, part of the French army's 35th Infantry Regiment, were in the Levallois-Perret area to the northwest of the city when they were hit by the dark-coloured auto. He also said the vehicle appeared to have waited in a nearby alleyway until the soldiers emerged from their barracks to start their patrol.

He said a vehicle had been waiting by the road for the soldiers to emerge as they came on duty.

"The vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear", the spokesman added.

The driver of the vehicle died in the attempted attack on the famous Paris avenue, which was the scene of two terror attacks in the space of three months.

Speaking to broadcaster BFM TV, Balkany said that what he called a "disgusting" act of aggression was "without any doubt" premeditated.

The service members were part of Opération Sentinelle, an anti-terrorism operation that was created after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

The incident, which involved a BMW, occurred at 8:15 a.m. local time, according to BFMTV.

Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb said the attack was a "deliberate act".

"It all happened very quickly", he said.

At least three of the six French soldiers who were hit were seriously injured, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, France's Defense Ministry said. Quoting unnamed police officials, however, the AP said a man was arrested at one stop.

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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.

French police have arrested a man over a potential terror attack in which six French soldiers were rammed by a BMW in Paris.

"I heard a loud sound, shouts".

"A suspect who was driving the auto involved in the attack has been arrested on the highway between Paris and Boulogne-sur-Mer", said Mr Philippe.

He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier.

The country faced two major terrorist attacks - one in Paris and the other in Nice - that left more than 200 people killed following the magazine attack.

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.

The anti-terrorism office of the Paris prosecutors' office, which is in charge of investigating similar cases, has opened probe into the incident.

A witness to the Levallois attack described an ear-piercing scream of pain that is still echoing through her head.

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