French soldiers 'deliberately' attacked in Paris hit and run

A BMW rammed into six soldiers, seriously injuring three, in what officials are investigating as a terrorism incident. The driver is on the run.

Six soldiers in France were wounded - two seriously - after a auto rammed into them in a Paris suburb on Wednesday morning.

As reported by CBS News, six soldiers were injured in the incident, with two receiving serious injuries, when the driver of a BMW auto drove into them at 8 a.m. local time this morning.

Two of those were seriously injured in the ramming that took place at about 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police have closed off the roads.

A French official said the arrest was violent, and police opened fire on the 37-year-old suspect.

The driver fled the scene and security services are now looking for them and the vehicle.

The Mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, said the incident had been deliberate without any doubt.

Police are hunting the suspect and his vehicle.

The street is normally guarded by posts that are removed when vehicles move in and out, so the driver must have known exactly when to strike, Veillant said. The man shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) before being arrested and telling police that he wanted to kill a soldier.

The soldiers were from the 35th infantry regiment and served in Operation Sentinelle, created to guard prominent French sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks in 2015.

"The auto accelerated towards the soldiers for five meters in order to hit them", he told reporters.

Police say they are looking for a vehicle as a manhunt gets underway to find the suspect.

"Levallois is a calm place. this is an odious aggression against our military that nobody expected".

Officers arrested a man on a highway north of Paris in connection with the attack on Wednesday afternoon, the AFP news agency reported.

France declared a state of emergency following attacks in Paris in November 2015, in which over 130 people killed.

In April a policeman was shot dead by a man on the Champs-Elysées, who was later shot dead himself.

The soldiers who came under attack Wednesday are part of France's Operation Sentinel, which for the past two years has integrated the military into public security operations.

  • Eleanor Harrison