Terror in Paris: Six French soldiers injured after being 'deliberately' hit by truck
Pedro Gonzalez, Business Contributor
At 8am local time, six french soldiers were wounded after a BMW ploughed into the group in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret; two sustained serious injuries. The soldiers were on patrol as part of Operation Sentinelle, which began after the Charlie Hebdo attack that claimed the lives of 12 people in 2015.
After ploughing into the squad of soldiers, the van sped off and a nation-wide effort is now underway to locate it and the driver.
Patrick Balkany, mayor of Levallois-Perret, denounced the act “intolerable” and was quick to label the hit and run as a cold-blooded attack on French military. "Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act," Balkany told French broadcaster BFM TV. He added that the attack was "an odious act of aggression."
An official said the attacker struck in the Place de Verdun just as the group of soldiers emerged from the building to board vehicles during a shift rotation. Per the Mirror, an eyewitness to the attack, who asked to remain anonymous, said he "heard shouts, including insults being aimed at the soldiers.”
Homes, shops, and a local park have been evacuated in the area as the military and police establish a security perimeter.
France has remained in a perpetual state of emergency following a series of Islamist terror attacks that have killed more than 230 people since 2015. As a result, Operation Sentinelle employs regular patrols consisting of approximately 10,000 military personnel in France to combat the Islamist threat.
This attack comes on the heels of a Mauritanian-born 19-year-old man who attempted to stab soldiers guarding the Eiffel Tower, yelling “Allahu akbar,” before surrendering to security forces.
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