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Car rams into French soldiers

Reuters

Police secure the area near the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on Wednesday.

AFP-Jiji PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — French police launched a manhunt on Wednesday after a car rammed into soldiers near their barracks outside Paris, injuring six people, two of them seriously.

Police were scrambling to track down the vehicle, which took off after the incident described by local mayor Patrick Balkany as “without a doubt a deliberate act.”

The incident took place at about 8 a.m. outside a military barracks in the northwestern Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

Balkany told the all-news channel BFMTV that the car “accelerated very fast when they [soldiers] were coming out” of the barracks.

France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces, particularly those guarding key tourist sites.

On Saturday an 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest). He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP.

In the bloodiest attack targeting France, 130 people were killed in a wave of shootings and bombings in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, in carnage claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

In January 2015, two brothers who had vowed allegiance to Al-Qaida gunned down 12 people at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

France is part of the U.S.-led international coalition fighting ISIL and has carried out air strikes against the extremist group in Syria.Speech

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