Paris attack: Man held after car rams into soldiers

Scene on motorway outside Paris after a BMW driver is shot and arrested following an attack on soldiers earlier in the day, 9 August 2017Image copyright

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Police shot and wounded the driver of the BMW

Police in France have shot, wounded and arrested a man after a dramatic car chase along a motorway in the north of the country following an attack on soldiers in a suburb of Paris.

A bullet-holed BMW could be seen where police brought it to a halt.

Earlier, six soldiers were wounded after a car drove at them outside their barracks in Levallois-Perret.

The Paris prosecutor described the attack as “attempted killings… in relation to a terrorist undertaking”.

Reports say one policeman was injured during the arrest operation on the A16 motorway at the town of Marquise near the port of Boulogne.

The BMW is said to have hit other vehicles during the chase and the police opened fire several times. The suspect is in his 30s.

Two of the soldiers were seriously wounded in the earlier attack. All were taken to hospital, though none is in a life-threatening condition, Defence Minister Florence Parly said.

France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015.

On 13 November that year, 130 people were killed in a night of carnage in Paris, and more than 100 have been killed in jihadist attacks since.

They include a string of assaults on the heavily armed security forces who now dot the streets of the capital – the last only four days ago.

Wednesday’s attack at about 08:15 local time (06:15 GMT) took place outside a military barracks on the Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the car had been driven deliberately at the troops and the attack had been carried out by a “man on his own”.

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The alleged attacker is said to have been waiting in his BMW car outside the military barracks

The local mayor, Patrick Balkany, told BFMTV a vehicle had been waiting in the road for the soldiers to emerge as they came on duty.

“It was a BMW which accelerated very quickly the moment they came out.”

A resident in a nearby block of flats, Jean-Claude Veillant, told reporters he had seen the immediate aftermath of the attack.

“I heard a loud noise, the sound of scraping metal. 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.

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