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Paris: 6 French soldiers injured as car rams them, attacker arrested

Soldiers secure the street near the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, France Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 09, 2017, 07.30 AM (IST)

 

French security forces have shot and arrested a man suspected of being behind an attack on soldiers in a Paris suburb on Wednesday, security sources told AFP.

Six French soldiers injured, two of them seriously, after they were hit by a BMW in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on Wednesday.

The servicemen were part of the 7,000-strong anti-terrorism Sentinelle force set up in January 2015 after the attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo.

The attacker, in his late 30s, was intercepted on a motorway north of the French capital in the vehicle used to drive into the soldiers, the sources told AFP, asking not to be named because they were not authorised to speak.

The anti-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutors' office has launched a probe into the incident.

"A probe has been ordered into "attempted killings... in relation to a terrorist undertaking", Paris prosecutors said in a statement".

The vehicle took off after the incident.

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

 

French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Security operation is underway as the police is searching for the vehicle. (WION)

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The armed, uniformed soldiers of the force patrol the streets and guard high-risk areas such as tourist sites and religious buildings.

The forces had been attacked on six different occasions since 2015, the interior minister said.

France has been under a state of emergency since major attacks in Paris in November 2015.

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