Suspect in car attack on French troops shot after chase
French police shot and arrested a suspect in a dramatic motorway chase yesterday after a car had rammed into soldiers outside a barracks in a Paris suburb, injuring six of them.
The suspected terror attack is the latest in a string to have hit France since January 2015, killing more than 230.
The soldiers were hit by a BMW which drove down a quiet street in the upmarket western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.
It accelerated, rammed into them and then sped away.
"I heard a huge crash, which I thought was the sound of scaffolding being put up," Thierry Chappe, a resident in a building opposite, said.
Police later gave chase to the vehicle on a motorway north of Paris and shot and wounded the suspect, a man in his late 30s. He was then arrested.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb described the act as "deliberate" and carried out by a "man on his own".
He spoke after visiting three of the injured soldiers, along with defence minister Florence Parly.
All six were taken to hospital, but none has life-threatening injuries, they said.
The troops were part of the 7,000-strong anti-terrorism Sentinelle force set up in January 2015, under which soldiers patrol the streets and guard high-risk areas, such as tourist sites and religious buildings.
Mr Collomb said the forces had been attacked on six different occasions since 2015.
The country has been under a state of emergency since major attacks in Paris in November 2015.
The Paris prosecutor's office said its anti-terrorism unit had launched a probe into "attempted killings... in relation to a terrorist undertaking".
Isil has repeatedly targeted France because of its participation in the US-led international coalition fighting the jihadist group, with French jets carrying out air strikes in Syria.