International desk – Six French soldiers have been injured after a dark BMW slammed an anti-terrorism patrol waiting outside a barracks in Paris on Wednesday morning, police said.
The driver is believed to have been waiting and looking for the opportunity to carry out the attack, according to media reports.
The police are now hunting for the alleged driver who fled the scene just after the attack in Levallois–Perret, a northwestern suburb of the French capital.
The BMW drove into the group of soldiers as they were leaving their barracks.
The Mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, said the incident had been deliberate without any doubt. It’s an odious act of aggression, Balkany told the BFM television.
Balkany claimed that the BMW “had prepositioned itself in the cal-de-sack (where the barracks located) and barrelled into them”, adding that “the car had accelerated very quickly”.
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.
France has been in a state of emergency since an attack carried out by suspected Islamists at the headquarters of the satirical magazine that criticized the prophet Muhammad.
The country faced two major terrorist attacks – one in Paris and the other in Nice – that left more than 200 people killed following the magazine attack.