French police hunting a driver who rammed a auto into a group of soldiers in Paris early Wednesday morning have shot, wounded and arrested a man on a highway north of the city.
Soldiers secure the street near the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, France, August 9, 2017.
Earlier, six soldiers were wounded after a vehicle was driven at them near their base in Levallois-Perret.
Six soldiers were injured when a driver plowed a vehicle into them on Wednesday.
Four soldiers have been left with minor injuries, while two are seriously hurt.
The injured soldiers were all the members of the anti-terrorism operation which has been deployed since the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015 in Paris.
The incident, which involved a BMW, occurred at 8:15 a.m. local time, according to BFMTV.
A map showing the location of Levallois-Perret in Paris.
"It's without doubt a deliberate act ..." He said the vehicle "accelerated very quickly when they left" the building.
Balkany told BFMTV that the auto was "pre-positioned" in a small alleyway, waiting for troops from the 35th Infantry Regiment to come out of the building.
The anti-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutors' office has launched a probe into the incident.
Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly condemned the incident as a "cowardly act,"saying that the investigation is yet to determine the motives of the attacker".
Last Saturday, a young man tried to force his way into the Eiffel Tower with a knife, shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest").
The men were part of Opération Sentinelle, part of France's state of emergency, which has been ongoing since the November 2015 terrorist attacks.
In June, a man identifying himself as a "soldier of the Caliphate" attacked a policeman on patrol outside Notre-Dame cathedral.