Suspected driver of Paris vehicle attack on soldiers arrested

10 August, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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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, August 9, 2017. He also said the auto appeared to have waited in a nearby alleyway until the soldiers emerged from their barracks to start their patrol.

The suspect, born in 1980, reportedly drove his vehicle into a police auto before being arrested, according to BFMTV.

A police spokesman said on Twitter: "Police intervention is underway".

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

A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutors' office said the incident is regarded as a deliberate act of terrorism. "It all happened very quickly".

Authorities said all six soldiers, two of whom are seriously injured, were taken to a military hospital in the Hauts-de-Seine area of France.

Balkany described the driver of the vehicle as a "terrorist". "It hurtled at accelerated rapidly", he told broadcaster BFMTV.

In February a man was shot outside the Louvre after he attacked a soldier guarding the art gallery with a machete, injuring him.

Some 300 police tracked down the auto sought in connection with the attack, which left six people injured. He later told police he wanted to attack a soldier.

He was shot five times, while an officer was also hit by a bullet before the man was arrested, said a source close to the case.

The vehicle involved sped off after the incident, sparking Paris prosecutors' office anti-terrorism unit to launch a probe into "attempted relation to a terrorist undertaking".

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said after that attack in June that it had demonstrated the threat was still very high in the country and that it justified the ongoing state of emergency put in place in 2015.

Since 2015, France has seen a string of assaults that has left more than 230 people dead.

Last Saturday, an 18-year-old teenager with a history of psychological problems was arrested at the Eiffel Tower after waving a knife.



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