In Paris French soldiers run over by a vehicle
On Wednesday, August 9th an incident’s investigation involving a car which rammed into a group of soldiers in Paris suburb was handed over to French counter-terrorist investigators.
A judicial source told that the department had taken up the matter and was working alongside colleagues from the DGSI internal intelligence agency – a move that in France show the matter is being treated as a probable act of terrorism.
Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said the car; a BMW was parked in an alley before it accelerated into the soldiers as they left their barracks to go on patrol duty.
Two soldiers were injured seriously out of a total of six injured.
Balkany said that what he called a “disgusting” act of aggression was “without any doubt” premeditated.
“It all happened very quickly. The vehicle did not stop. It hurtled at them … it accelerated rapidly”. The soldiers were rushed to hospital he added.
Over the past two years, France has seen a string of attacks by the Islamist militants or Islamist-inspired attackers who have killed more than 230 people. Recent attacks though still under investigation could be one of the many. Alert level is at its highest for the last two years.
Police said that they are searching for a dark-coloured guy probably driving a BMW.
The area was cordoned off after the incident, which happened at around 8:00 am the police said.
Levallois-Perret is about 5 km (3 miles) from city centre landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Elysee Presidential Palace.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo issued a message of support to victims.