Six French soldiers have been injured after a car slammed into them in Paris before speeding away in a suspected terror attack.
Patrick Balkany, the mayor of the Levallois-Perret commune, said a BMW parked in an alley drove into the soldiers as they left their barracks to go on patrol duty.
French police are searching for a driver who ploughed into soldiers patrolling an upmarket Paris suburb on Wednesday morning.
The car sped off after hitting six members of Opération Sentinelle, which is part of France’s ongoing state of emergency introduced after the November 2015 terrorist attacks.
Six military personnel were hurt, two of them seriously. The two seriously injured soldiers were taken to the Percy military hospital at Clamart, near the French capital. None of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening.
The attacked occurred at about 8am during the changeover of soldiers from the 35th Infantry Regiment stationed at Place de Verdun, not far from the town hall in Levallois-Perret.
Patrick Balkany, the mayor of Levallois-Perret, told BFMTV that a BMW parked nearby appeared to have been waiting for the soldiers to leave their barracks. The vehicle, described as dark coloured, was driven the wrong way down a one-way street before it hit the troops and sped off.
Balkany described the attack as a “deliberate aggression”.
“It’s without doubt a deliberate act … This vehicle was waiting for them,” he said. “The BMW accelerated very quickly the moment they came out. This happened in the middle of the town. It happened very quickly.