Man arrested after Paris attack on soldiers
The vehicle suspected of having crashed into a group of soldiers on Wednesday morning in Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine), just outside Paris, was intercepted on the A16 motorway direction Calais in the early afternoon.
"The man arrested, born 1980, is likely to be the perpetrator of the attack Wednesday morning," because he was driving the wanted vehicle and attempted to flee, according to a judicial source. The police fired several shots at the driver who was injured and evacuated, according to the same source.
The Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) of Lille and Rouen intervened on the section of the motorway between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais, according to a source close to the investigation. When trying to avoid being arrested, the driver hit one or more vehicles around him, which is when the police fired shots, according to the judicial source.
The identity of the driver was not fully established at the time and investigators had to check whether it was the driver who drove into the soldiers.
The security forces were tracking the car that drove into the soldiers in Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine) this morning, wounding six of them before fleeing. Four days after an attempt to attack other soldiers at the Eiffel Tower, the anti-terrorist section of the Paris public prosecutor's office seized the investigation.
The attack took place shortly before 8am in the centre of town on a semi-pedestrian street. "A car that was in the neighborhood approached" the group of soldiers, "it was rolling slowly, at about 5 meters from the soldiers, it accelerated to be able to strike them," explained the Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb.
According to the minister, it is "the sixth time" that soldiers of Operation Sentinel, which has stationed 7,000 soldiers permanently on the national territory since the attacks in 2015, have been targeted.
(Translated from French by Johanna Lindberg)