French police arrest suspect behind attack on soldiers in Paris: PM

Paris attack

France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters the driver targeted the soldiers in a calculated auto attack. The driver is on the run.

French police are searching for a driver who slammed his BMW into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday, injuring six of them in an apparent ambush before speeding away, officials said.

A man has been shot and arrested in relation to Wednesday morning's assault when anti-terror soldiers in the northwestern suburbs of Paris were rammed into by a vehicle, leaving six injured.

The incident took place at about 8 a.m. outside a military barracks in the northwestern Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police have closed off the roads.

One woman said that she saw a large number of police and emergency services vehicles arriving at the scene. Six military personnel were hurt in the attack, three of them seriously, though their lives are not in danger, the Defense Ministry said in a separate statement.

In recent years, European cities such as London, Berlin, Nice and Stockholm have seen a slew of low-tech attacks where the perpetrator has used vehicles as ramming weapons. The vehicle did not stop. The man shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) before being arrested and telling police that he wanted to kill a soldier.

The soldiers, who are receiving treatment for their injuries in hospital, were set to go on a routine patrol as part of Operation Sentinelle, launched after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015, to protect civilians from terror attacks.

He told Balkany told BFM TV: "It's without doubt a deliberate act".

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

The mayor of Levallois said it was a deliberate act targeting security forces.

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

Gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015, and over 100 were killed in other attacks in France in the same period.

In June a man was shot by police after he attacked an officer with a hammer at the Notre-Dame.

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