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Driver slams into French soldiers in Paris suburb, injuring 6

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2 are more seriously injured, French authorities said

The Associated Press
Posted: Aug 09, 2017 4:10 AM ET
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017 4:15 AM ET

French police say a driver slammed their vehicle into soldiers guarding a Paris suburb, injuring six of them, before getting away.

Authorities are now searching for the vehicle and driver after the Wednesday incident in Levallois-Perret, on the northwestern edge of the French capital.

The vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear, the spokesman said. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.

Four people were injured lightly, two more seriously, the spokesman said.

Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said a BMW parked in an alley drove into the soldiers as they left their barracks to go on patrol duty.  

Speaking to broadcaster BFM TV, Balkany said that what he called a “disgusting” act of aggression was “without any doubt” premeditated.

The incident is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces in France guarding sites after a string of deadly attacks.

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