Paris attack: driver moves down six French soldiers

A counter terrorism investigation has opened following the mowing down of six French soldiers by a BMW car.

French police have launched a manhunt after a car rammed into soldiers near their barracks outside Paris, injuring six people, two of them seriously.

The incident occurred around 8am Paris time on 9 August. The soldiers hit were part of Opération Sentinelle that works for France’s state of emergency.

The vehicle took off after the incident, and police are still searching for the driver.

Local mayor Patrick Balkany has described the incident as ‘without a doubt a deliberate act’.

Although counter terror police were not initially involved in the investigation, counter-terrorism prosecutors have now opened their investigation into the attack.

France has been in a state of emergency since November 2015, when men armed with Kalashnikovs and grenades carried out a series of attacks at restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and outside the Stade de France in Paris.

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