Vehicle hits soldiers outside Paris, at least six injured


The driver is on the run.

At least six French soldiers were injured on Wednesday morning when a vehicle drove into them in the Levallois-Perret suburb of northwest Paris, according to French defense sources.

A man in a getaway vehicle was injured during his arrest on the A16 motorway in northern France following a auto attack on military soldiers in Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine, north of Paris) on Wednesday, according to local media.

The incident occurred at the Place de Verdun in the north-western area of Levallois-Perret. Police have closed off the roads.

Counterterrorism officials launched an investigation into the security footage from the attack and about three hours later, French police arrested a suspect on a highway. The vehicle did not stop.

He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, reports said.

"Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act", Balkany later told BFMTV.

Balkany told the all-news channel BFMTV that the auto "accelerated very fast when they [soldiers] were coming out" of the barracks.

A search is ongoing for the vehicle too which is said to have been driven at the troops at speed as they left their barracks to go on patrol.

Also, the Paris' prosecutor's office has said it aims at pursuing the perpetrators on charges of "attempted murder of security forces in connection with a terrorist enterprise".

This attack appears to be the latest in a series of incidents targeting Paris in recent months.

Two people were seriously injured and four others were less badly hurt, he said.

Earlier, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the attack was a "deliberate" act carried out by a "man on his own".

The soldiers are a part of Opération Sentinelle, an effort to increase security in French cities that began after the deadly attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015.

In June a man was shot by police after he attacked an officer with a hammer at the Notre-Dame.

And in June, a police van was rammed by a vehicle carrying firearms and a gas canister on the tourist hotspot of the Champs Élysées in central Paris.