French prosecutors launch investigation into auto ramming attack

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"He was driving the vehicle we were looking for and tried to flee", the source added, leading police to open fire. The driver is on the run.

French police launched a manhunt on Wednesday after a vehicle rammed into soldiers near their barracks outside Paris, injuring six people, two of them seriously.

Paris' prosecutor opened an anti-terrorism probe after a auto rammed into a group of military patrolling in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on Wednesday (Aug 9) morning, his office said in a statement.

Paris police wrote on Twitter that a vehicle was being sought in the inner suburb of Levallois Perret. Police have closed off the roads.

Witnesses described seeing a BMW with one person inside waiting in a cul-de-sac near a building used for Sentinelle soldiers, according to two police officials.

She said: "This morning at 7.56 a.m., a vehicle that had visibly prepositioned itself drove, on goal, toward around 10 soldiers from Opération Sentinelle at the exit of the barracks that were built for them two years ago by the municipality". Police are now searching for the vehicle.

Parly said three of the soldiers were "more seriously injured". He later told police he wanted to attack a soldier.

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




The anti-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutors' office has launched a probe into the incident.

Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb said the attack was a "deliberate act".

After reviewing video surveillance, police descended onto Paris and the surrounding area, conducting vehicle searches in their hunt for the attacker, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The soldiers are a part of Opération Sentinelle, an effort to increase security in French cities that began after the deadly attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015.

Two people were seriously injured and four others were less badly hurt, he said.

In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral. In February, a man with a machete attacked troops near the Louvre Museum.

The group was reinforced following the November 2015 terror attacks on several restaurants and bars in Paris, as well as the Bataclan concert hall.

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