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French PM confirms soldier attack suspect has been arrested


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French PM confirms soldier attack suspect has been arrested

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.


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.”


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.”


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