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Six French soldiers injured in a vehicle attack in Paris on Wednesday morning, police said.
The soldiers, part of the French army’s 35th Infantry Regiment, were in the Levallois-Perret area to the northwest of the city when the attack struck.
French media reported that the six soldiers were leaving their barracks when they were hit by a BMW.
The mayor of Levallois-Perret told the BFM TV channel that the attack was deliberate, and that the driver waited in his car for the group to pass by before ramming them.
In an interview Patrick Balkany said the attack was “without a doubt a deliberate act”:
Militaires blessés à Levallois-Perret: “C’est sans aucun doute un acte délibéré” pour Patrick Balkany pic.twitter.com/RU1kTA7O9a
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) August 9, 2017
Parisian police tweeted that there is a search underway for the vehicle.
???? Incident à Levallois Perret : intervention de #Police en cours. Un véhicule est recherché
— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) August 9, 2017
According to the Reuters news agency, two of the soldiers were seriously injured and the other four were less badly hurt.
BFM TV reported that the soldiers were part of Opération Sentinelle, part of the emergency response to the wave of terror attacks in France which began with the attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January 2015.
The operation has seen soldiers have been routined deployed to protect sensitive targets alongside regular police.
More to follow…