Paris terror attack suspect arrested after car rammed into soldiers

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Police in France have arrested a man who is believed to be behind the vehicular attack on a group of soldiers in Paris on the morning of 9 August.

At around 8am in the Levallois-Perret area, a suburb which sits along the River Seine on the outskirts of the French capital, a man drove a BMW into a group of soldiers. Six were injured with two seriously hurt.

The injured soldiers were part of Opération Sentinelle, a military operation that had been set up to protect the city in the aftermath of terror attacks that have left hundreds dead in recent years.

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The driver apparently ambushed the soldiers and rammed into them as they emerged from a building to approach their vehicles to start a new patrol shift.

The car drove off after the attack which sparked a manhunt in the city to track down the driver.

Since 2015, France has been in a state of emergency after a string of terror attacks, many of which have taken place in the capital. Security forces have become a common target for attackers in recent months.

A man rammed a car full of explosives into a police van in June. Earlier in the same month, a police officer was attacked with a hammer at the Notre-Dame Cathedral. And in April, police officers were shot at by an Islamist attacker on the Champs-Elysees.

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