This is a developing story. This post will be updated as new information arrives.
(Daily Mail Online, August 9) Man suspected behind attack is an Algerian illegal immigrant
(Daily Mail Online, August 9) Man is shot and arrested
(Associated Press, August 9) 3 soldiers in critical condition, but lives not in danger
(Daily Express, August 9) 2 of the soldiers in critical condition
Daily Express, August 9, 2017.
The attack took place in Levallois-Perret as the 5th Infantry Regiment soldiers left their barracks in Place de Verdun just before 8am (local time) to go on patrol.
The local Mayor of the Paris suburb said he had “no doubt” the attack was deliberate after the man drove his BMW into the group at speed.
Four soldiers have been left with minor injuries, while two are seriously hurt and have been taken to nearby Percy military hospital at Clamart, south west of Paris.
The anti-terror troops are from Opération Sentinelle, set up in the aftermath of the French terror attacks.
Police say they are looking for a vehicle as a manhunt gets underway to find the suspect.
French officials said this afternoon a man has been shot and arrested on a motorway in France as they investigate links to attacks on soldiers in Paris.
A police spokesman said on Twitter: “Police intervention is underway. Search underway for vehicle.”
Patrick Balkany, the local mayor for the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, said he had “no doubt” that the incident was a deliberate act.
He told Balkany told BFM TV: “It’s without doubt a deliberate act. This vehicle was waiting for them.
“The BMW accelerated very quickly the moment they came out. This happened in the middle of the town. It happened very quickly.”
“Levallois is a calm place. This is an odious aggression against our military that nobody expected.”
Witnesses claim the male driver was the only person in the dark-coloured BMW, which was allegedly parked in a cul-de-sac near Place de Verdun before the attack.
Security services have sealed off the area as they investigate.
Investigators are also scouring CCTV footage from the scene, which is around three miles from city landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower.
Security forces are now a common sight on the streets of France after the nation was placed under a state of emergency on November 15 when ISIS killed 130 people in Paris in an “act of war”.
Opération Sentinelle was deployed in the aftermath of the January 2015 France terror attacks, and later deployed in the November Paris terror attacks to protect citizens from terrorism.
Although authorities have declined to discuss the motives of the driver, it is believed it was a deliberate assualt [sic] against security forces…