Editor’s note: This post has been updated.
Breaking news out of Paris, France where we’re seeing reports of 6 French soldiers on an anti-terror patrol were injured after an unknown assailant targeted them with a car. A manhunt is now underway to find the driver:
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The motive is “unclear” but reports are that the soldiers were deliberately targeted, which gives us a slight hint at what the motive might have been. From the AP:
The driver’s motive is unclear, but officials said he deliberately aimed at the soldiers, and counterterrorism authorities opened an investigation. It is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces guarding France over the past year. While others have targeted prominent sites like the Eiffel Tower, Wednesday’s attack hit a leafy, relatively affluent suburb that is home to France’s main intelligence service, the DGSI.
Three of the soldiers suffered light injuries while three were more seriously injured, but their lives are not in danger, according to the Defense Ministry.
We’ll keep you posted.
Update. The driver has been arrested after a brief gun battle with police:
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The suspected driver who rammed a vehicle into a crowd of soldiers, injuring six of them, in a Paris suburb was arrested Wednesday after he was wounded during a brief standoff with police, French officials said.
The driver of a BMW was wounded in a gunfight on a highway north of Paris, a judicial official said. Shots were fired when the arrest turned violent. The man was stopped as police were hunting for the vehicle that was involved in an attack French police believe may have had a terror motive.