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Suspect in vehicle 'terror' attack shot, arrested on Paris highway

By Ed Adamczyk
Suspect in vehicle 'terror' attack shot, arrested on Paris highway
Police and military officers set up a security perimeter near the site where six soldiers of the anti-terrorism Sentinelle operation were hit by a car in Levallois-Perret, near Paris, France, on Wednesday. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Aug. 9 (UPI) -- 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.

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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.

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