French police on the hunt for a driver who rammed into soldiers

Around 8am local French time, a suspected terror attack broke loose in the Parisian suburb of Levallois-Perret, seeing a driver injuring six soldiers of the 35th infantry regiment.


Local mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, described the act as being “disgusting” and quite clearly “deliberate aggression”.

According to Balkany, a dark-coloured BMW was situated nearby where the soldiers were positioned, clearly waiting to conduct a deadly attack. The vehicle then drove destructively down a one-way street - before harming the men and quickly driving off.

The wounded soldiers are currently being attended to at the Percy Military Hospital in Clamart, a southwestern suburb in Paris. The way in which the men are responding to their injuries has not yet been disclosed to the public, however it said that the attack left three soldiers critically injured.

The soldiers’ presence at Levallois-Perret is said to be part of Opération Sentinelle, a French military operation organised in the aftermath of recent terror attacks. It is said that this operation was only reinforced after the November 2015 carnage in the capital, which left 130 dead.

In the wake of this recent attack, French police have opened up a mass investigation which intends to hunt down the driver who devised a hit-and-run on the country’s admirable troops.  

The primary objective of the investigation is to target criminals that already have existing charges of attempted murder of the country’s security alliance. It is hoped that by doing this, the police can pin down those who are part of a larger terrorist network. So far however, no names have been specifically drawn from this investigation. 

French defence minister, Florence Parly, coined the entire event as being “cowardly”. She furthermore added that it did “nothing to dent soldiers’ determination to work for the security of the French people”.

The attack itself emerged just four days after Parisian soldiers arrested a man at the Eiffel Tower. It has been reported that this 18-year old possessed a knife with him and informed investigators that he wanted to kill a soldier.  

By Kalendra Withana
Sources – The Guardian, BBC News, The Independent.

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