At least 6 French soldiers are hurt, 2 seriously, after a car ploughed into them as they left a barracks in Paris – a man driving an identical car to the attacker has now been shot and arrested.
He has been identified as Hamou B.
— InfoEmergencias (@InfoEmerg) August 9, 2017
A dark coloured BMW, driven by a man, came towards the soldiers and ran them over before the suspect sped away – the region’s Mayor says he has “no doubt” it was a deliberate attack.
Mayor of Levallois-Perret Patrick Balkany says he saw a BMW drive into the group of soldiers and has "no doubt" it was a deliberate act
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) August 9, 2017
Mayor Patrick Balkany added: “It’s an intolerable aggression, I find it shameful. It’s a heinous attack against these young soldiers.”
It happened in the Levallois-Perret area of the French capital and the soldiers are understood to belong to the 35th infantry regiment. They were part of Operation Sentinel, a dedicated counter-terror patrol set up in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Levallois – Un véhicule fonce sur des militaires. Plusieurs blessés dont 2 graves. Auteur en fuite. pic.twitter.com/6gW02BmgN1
— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) August 9, 2017
But armed police have just stopped a car they believed was the attacker’s. The driver did not pull over and was shot – he’s in a serious condition.
BREAKING: French officials: Man arrested north of Paris, police investigating possible link to car attack on soldiers.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 9, 2017
A manhunt is underway for the attacker, who is thought to have been driving a BMW.
France is on high alert – Since January 2015 Jihadist attacks have killed 239 people in the country.
More to follow…