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Paris attack: Six French soldiers injured after being ‘deliberately’ hit by car

Mayor of Levallois-Perret denounces ‘intolerable attack’ on military.

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August 9, 2017 8:38 pm

Police and soldiers secure the scene where French soliders were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

INDEPENDENT: Six French soldiers have been injured after a car slammed into them in Paris before speeding away in what the suburb’s mayor called a deliberate act.

Two of the soldiers have been severely wounded while the others sustained light injuries, the Paris Police Authority said.

Officials and rescuers gather near vehicles after a car slammed into soldiers on patrol in Levallois-Perret.  (THIERRY CHAPPE/AFP/Getty Images).
Officials and rescuers gather near vehicles after a car slammed into soldiers on patrol in Levallois-Perret. (THIERRY CHAPPE/AFP/Getty Images).

Patrick Balkany, the mayor of the Levallois-Perret commune, said a BMW parked in an alley drove into the soldiers as they left their barracks to go on patrol duty.

A major police operation has been launched in search of the BMW and its driver.

“Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act,” Mr Balkany told broadcaster BFM TV.

He went on to denounce the “intolerable attack” on the military.

France remains in a state of emergency following a string of terror attacks in which Islamist militants or Islamist-inspired attackers have killed more than 230 people over the past two years.

Operation Sentinel has seen soldiers regularly patrol the streets since the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

The attack comes four days after a teenager with psychiatric problems tried to attack security forces guarding the Eiffel Tower.

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