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Car rams into soldiers outside Paris, six injured

PTI Paris | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on August 09, 2017

Police and soldiers secure the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, France.   -  Reuters

Police describes the incident as an “apparently deliberate act”.

A car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris today, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said.

The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8:00 am (1130 IST) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret. Police described the incident as an “apparently deliberate act”.

France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites.

Earlier attacks

An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP.

In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris’s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.

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

Published on August 09, 2017
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