Auto crashes into soldiers in Paris, 6 injured

Auto crashes into soldiers in Paris, 6 injured

Auto crashes into soldiers in Paris, 6 injured

One official said the attacker struck just as a group of soldiers emerged from the building to board vehicles for a new shift.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was arrested on a highway north of Paris hours after a driver rammed a vehicle into a crowd of soldiers, leaving at least three of the six hit with serious injuries - though they were believed to be non-life threatening.

Three of the six injured soldiers are in a serious condition, but their lives are not in danger, according to the ministry.

"Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act", Mr Patrick Balkany, Mayor of Levallois-Perret, told broadcaster BFM TV.

The troops belong to the Sentinel military operation, which was installed following recent terror attacks in the country.

The area, quieter than normal in peak summer holiday season, was cordoned off after the incident, which happened at around 8.00 am local time, police said.

Paris police wrote on Twitter that a vehicle was being sought in the inner suburb of Levallois Perret.

The incident in Levallois, northwest of Paris, is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces in France.

'It all happened very quickly.

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Four of the soldiers suffered slight injuries while two were taken to the Percy military hospital south of Paris, police officials said.

One eyewitness, who gave her name as Zakia, told BFMTV that she was awakened by a "boom" before running to her balcony.

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

The Paris prosecutor described the attack as "attempted killings... in relation to a terrorist undertaking".

French government spokesman Christophe Castaner said the Paris prosecutor's office has opened a counterterrorism investigation.

The men were part of Opération Sentinelle, part of France's state of emergency, which has been ongoing since the November 2015 terrorist attacks.

In June, an Islamic extremist attacked a police officer with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.

In March, a 39-year-old man was shot dead at the southern terminal at Orly airport after taking a soldier hostage.

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