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French Police Arrest Suspect in Hit-And-Run Attack on Soldiers

10 August 2017

Six French soldiers have been injured after they struck by a vehicle in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

In the latest "deliberate" act of violence in Paris, a vehicle slammed into a group of soldiers, injuring six. "Search underway for vehicle".

The Paris Police Authority said a police operation is under way in the area and they are searching for the vehicle.

The mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, "is indignant at this odious aggression" that he believes was "aimed deliberately" at the military, the city says.

The troops belong to the Sentinel military operation, which was installed following recent terror attacks in the country.

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The incident occurred at the Place de Verdun in the north-western area of Levallois-Perret.

And no doubt security will be stepped up in Levallois-Perret, where not only servicemen are located but also intelligence services.

Policemen guard near the attack site in Levallois-Perret, France on August 9, 2017. "The BMW accelerated very quickly the moment they came out".

Both of the seriously-injured soldiers have been taken to hospital, but authorities said their conditions are not life-threatening. "They must've really planned this", he told reporters.

Nadia LeProhon, a witness, told The Associated Press she heard a loud crash outside her building and rushed outside to see two soldiers on the ground. The counterterrorism department of the Paris Prosecutor's office has launched an investigation into the attack on soldiers in a Paris suburb, the Agence France Presse news agency reported. Police described the incident as an "apparently deliberate act".

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The city has sustained about a dozen terror attacks since the November 13, 2015, assaults by Islamic State militants that killed 130 people.

Another was arrested peacefully after police stopped several cars matching the description of the BMW used in the attack. The man, who was not armed, was shot during the arrest, accrording to the report.

French politicians have reacted to the attack.

The attack comes after an 18-year-old was arrested at the Eiffel Tower on Saturday for brandishing a knife and shouting "Allahu Akbar".

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French Police Arrest Suspect in Hit-And-Run Attack on Soldiers