French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has confirmed that a man arrested on a French motorway is the suspect wanted in connection with this morning’s attack in a Parisian suburb.
Elite police officers shot and arrested the man on the A16 motorway near Marquise, close to Calais.
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A witness told Reuters news agency they saw a BMW car, the model used in the attack, with several bullet holes in it.
One policeman was wounded by a stray bullet in the operation.
Soldiers taking part in Operation Sentinel were hit by a BMW in Levallois-Perret, a suburb to the north of Paris, this morning (August 9) at around 8 am.
Six soldiers were hurt, three seriously. The others have lighter injuries, according to the French Ministry of Defence.
The mayor of Levallois said the attack was “without a doubt a deliberate act”.
After fleeing the scene the attacker had been at large.
“Incident in Levallois-Perret: Police intervention underway. Looking for a vehicle,” the Paris police department said in a tweet.
🔴 Incident à Levallois Perret : intervention de #Police en cours. Un véhicule est recherché— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) 9 août 2017
The Paris prosecutor’s counter-terrorism department has opened a probe into the incident.
The injured soldiers were taken to Percy Military Hospital in Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine.
Messages of support for them and their families were posted on social media sites.
Gérard Collomb, the French interior minister, said: “I will be at the bedside of the soldiers that have been wounded, at the Defence Minister’s side, in support of the ‘Operation Sentinelle’ forces.”
#Levallois : je me rendrai au chevet des militaires blessés, aux côtés de la Ministre des Armées, en soutien aux forces de Sentinelle.— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) 9 août 2017
While Edouard Philippe, France’s prime minister, said: “Support to the six military personnel injured in the attack in Levallois-Perret. My thoughts go out to their families and their brothers in arms.”
Soutien à nos six militaires blessés dans l’attaque de #Levallois-Perret. Pensées pour leur famille et leurs frères d’armes.— Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) 9 août 2017