Car hits soldiers in Paris, 6 injured

French soldiers hit by vehicle in Paris

French soldiers hit by vehicle in Paris

French police have shot and arrested a man in relation to a suspected terror attack that injured six soldiers outside a barracks in a Paris suburb on Wednesday.

The soldiers, part of the French army's 35th Infantry Regiment, were in the Levallois-Perret area to the northwest of the city when they were hit by the dark-coloured auto. He explained the vehicle was "pre-positioned" in an alley waiting for the troops to arrive.

Police officials said that they took the man into custody on a motorway after shooting him.

The vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear, a police spokesman said.

Local mayor Patrick Balkany told French TV the "odious attack" was "without a doubt deliberate", and that the attacker was driving a BMW, according to The Associated Press and Reuters.

Levallois-Perret - a quiet and affluent neighborhood - is home to the headquarters of the DCRI, France's counter intelligence agency.

Since January 2015, 239 people have been killed in several terrorist attacks throughout the country while armed forces have been targeted by attacks 10 times, according to Agence France-Presse.

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"It all happened very quickly", he said.

The two seriously injured soldiers were taken to the Percy military hospital at Clamart, near the French capital. The vehicle did not stop.

Police in northern France have shot and arrested a man following an attack on soldiers at a military barracks in Paris this morning.

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.

Paris' prosecutor's office said it aimed at pursuing the perpetrators on charges of attempted murder of security forces in connection with a terrorist enterprise. "The ongoing probe will determine his motives and the circumstances in which he acted", Parly said.

The attack comes four days after a teenager with a knife forced his way into the Eiffel Tower shouting "Allahu akbar" - the Arabic phrase for "God is great" - and told police he wanted to attack a soldier. France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters the driver targeted the soldiers in a calculated vehicle attack.

In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.

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