Paris Police Hunt Vehicle as Soldiers Hurt in Levallois-Perret

Katrina Barker
August 10, 2017

An urgent police operation is now under way to find the vehicle - reportedly a BMW - and driver involved in the incident in the north-western suburb of Levallois-Perret.

Witnesses, including Balkany, described seeing a BMW with one person inside waiting in a cul-de-sac near a building used for Sentinelle soldiers, two police officials told the Associated Press.

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

Levallois Mayor Patrick Balkany called it an "odious attack" and said it was "without a doubt deliberate".

The anti-terror troops are from Opération Sentinelle, set up in the aftermath of the French terror attacks.

Wednesday's incident took place at about 8:00 am outside the barracks in the northwestern Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

Levallois-Perret is about 3 miles from city center landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Elysee Presidential Palace.

Security forces have been repeatedly targeted in individual attacks in France this year.

A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutors' office said the incident is regarded as a deliberate act of terrorism.

'It all happened very quickly.

The police also said two of the soldiers were seriously injured, while the other four sustained light injuries. "Shortly after, I saw one of the badly wounded lying in front of the Vigipirate [army patrol] vehicle and another one behind it receiving treatment", he said. "It hurtled at accelerated rapidly", he told broadcaster BFMTV.

"I heard a loud sound, shouts".

More than 230 people have been killed in terror attacks in France since the start of 2015.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed the arrest of the 37-year-old man, who was stopped after a chase on a motorway north of Paris.

The case has been initiated to pursue perpetrators on charges of attempted murder of security forces in connection with a terrorist enterprise. The investigation is still ongoing, and French police haven't released all the details yet, including the names of the soldiers or the attackers motive.

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