Mayor Decries 'Odious' Attack on Paris Soldiers

Vehicle slams into security forces, injuring 6, before driving away
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2017 3:30 AM CDT
A French soldier patrols near the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
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(Newser) – French police say a vehicle slammed into soldiers guarding a Paris suburb Wednesday, injuring six of them before getting away. Authorities are searching for the driver and vehicle, which drove away after the incident at Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret, on the northwest edge of Paris, according to a Paris police spokesman. The BMW's driver appeared to clearly target the soldiers, but the motive is unclear, the spokesman tells the AP. Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany denounced on BFM television what he called an "odious attack" and said it was "without a doubt deliberate." The attack targeted soldiers from the Sentinelle security force created after Islamic extremist attacks in 2015.

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