Driver mows down troops

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SIX sol­diers on a coun­tert­er­ror­ism pa­trol have been run down by a man driv­ing a BMW in what ap­pears to have been a tar­geted hit in the French cap­i­tal of Paris. The at­tack hap­pened about 8am Paris time ( 4pm AEST) yes­ter­day as the sol­diers headed out on pa­trol in the wealthy Parisian sub­urb of Le­val­lois- Per­ret, north of the city cen­tre. Two sol­diers were badly in­jured and taken to hospi­tal. The other four es­caped se­ri­ous in­juries. A man­hunt is un­der way for the driver, who had ap­par­ently been wait­ing for the sol­diers to emerge from their bar­racks be­fore strik­ing them and speed­ing off. There was no im­me­di­ate word last night whether it was a ter­ror at­tack.

“It’s with­out doubt a de­lib­er­ate act,’’ Pa­trick Balkany, the mayor of Le­val­lois- Per­rethe said.

There are not thought to be any civil­ian in­juries.

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