Suspect in vehicle ‘terror’ attack shot, arrested on Paris highway

Authorities said they shot and arrested a suspect in Wednesday’s vehicle attack on a group of French military soldiers in Paris.


Six soldiers were injured when they were struck by a car early Wednesday, an incident officials are regarding as an act of terrorism.

The soldiers of the 35th Infantry Regiment left a building at around 8 a.m. and were knocked down by a black BMW previously parked behind the city hall of Lavallois-Perret, a Paris suburb.
Defense Minister Florence Parly said three soldiers received serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

After a manhunt of several hours, one suspect was shot by police and arrested on a highway leading from Paris. A police officer was also injured by gunfire during the apprehension, the prosecutors’ office said.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released.

Lavallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany told local media that the car was “pre-positioned” in an alleyway, its driving waiting for the soldiers to emerge from the building.

A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutors’ office said the incident is regarded as a deliberate act of terrorism.

About 7,000 soldiers have been deployed around the Paris area to protect government offices, tourist attractions and houses of worship. The city has sustained about a dozen terror attacks since the Nov. 13, 2015, assaults by Islamic State militants that killed 130 people. About half of those incidents targeted police or other security forces.
By Ed Adamczyk