Sus­pect in French hit-and-run Al­ge­rian

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

PARIS — The man sus­pected of ram­ming a BMW into a group of sol­diers near Paris is a 37-year-old Al­ge­rian, po­lice said Thurs­day.

Hamou Ben­la­treche was liv­ing legally in France and had never been con­victed of a crime but was known to po­lice as a sus­pect in mi­nor crimes, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice of­fi­cer in­volved in the case. He spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not al­lowed to talk about an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice have not dis­closed a mo­tive for the at­tack. Ben­la­treche’s name was on the let­ter­box for an apart­ment in a build­ing in the sub­urb of Be­zons, north of Paris, that po­lice searched Wed­nes­day night. Neigh­bors there re­fused to speak to re­porters Thurs­day.

Six sol­diers were hurt in Wed­nes­day’s in­ci­dent though none had life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Mo­hammed Ben­la­treche, who iden­ti­fied him­self as Hamou Ben­la­treche’s un­cle, told BFM tele­vi­sion his nephew was a prac­tic­ing Mus­lim who told his fam­ily that he was work­ing as a driver for de­liv­er­ies and for Uber.

He said he was “stunned” when he heard the news. “It was not be­liev­able it was him.”

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