Suspect arrested after Paris attack

Saul Bowman
August 10, 2017

However, the interior minister said after visiting three of the soldiers with Defense Minister Florence Parly that all of them were expected to recover.

The Paris Police department said on Twitter that a search for the vehicle was underway.

"Six soldiers were injured in the incident, three of them suffered serious injuries".

Patrick Balkany, mayor of the north-western suburb of Levallois-Perret, where the attack occurred, described it as "without doubt a deliberate act".

The soldiers are part of Operation Sentinel, activated after the declared national emergency following the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack.

A second legal source added: "The arrested individual, born in 1980, is suspected to be the culprit" of the assault in the Levallois-Perret area of Paris at around 8:00 am (0600 GMT).

Policemen guard near the attack site in Levallois-Perret, France on August 9, 2017. "It hurtled at accelerated rapidly", he told the TV station.

In February a man was shot outside the Louvre after he attacked a soldier guarding the art gallery with a machete, injuring him.

This move means authorities believe the attack was deliberate and planned with a terrorist motive.

Some 300 police tracked down the auto sought in connection with the attack, which left six people injured.

Also, the Paris' prosecutor's office has said it aims at pursuing the perpetrators on charges of "attempted murder of security forces in connection with a terrorist enterprise".

The injured soldiers were part of Opération Sentinelle, a military operation that had been set up to protect the city in the aftermath of terror attacks that have left hundreds dead in recent years.

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. Six soldiers were injured in the incident that is now under investigation by the French Police and its elite Police Tactical Unit tasked with counter-terrorism.

In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.

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