6 anti-ter­ror­ism sol­diers hurt af­ter BMW driven by man rams into them

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PARIS then sped away.

“I heard a huge crash which I thought was the sound of scaf­fold­ing be­ing put up,” said Thierry Chappe, a res­i­dent in a build­ing op­po­site the crime scene.

Po­lice later gave chase to the ve­hi­cle on a mo­tor­way north of , and shot and wounded the sus­pect, a man aged in his late 30s who was also ar­rested, sources in­volved in the man­hunt said.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ger­ard Col­lomb de­scribed the act as “de­lib­er­ate” and car­ried out by a “man on his own”.

He spoke af­ter vis­it­ing three of the in­jured sol­diers along with De­fence Min­is­ter Florence Parly. All six were taken to hos­pi­tal, but none had life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

They were part of the 7,000strong anti-ter­ror­ism Sen­tinelle force set up in January 2015, which saw armed, uni­formed sol­diers pa­trol the streets and guard high-risk ar­eas, like tourist sites and re­li­gious build­ings.

Col­lomb said the forces had been at­tacked on six dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions since 2015. The coun­try has been un­der a state of emer­gency since ma­jor at­tacks here in Novem­ber 2015.

The in­ci­dent came just four days af­ter Sen­tinelle sol­diers in­ter­vened to con­trol an 18-yearold with a his­tory of psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems at the Eif­fel Tower where he bran­dished a knife.

He told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he wanted to kill a sol­dier. AFP

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