Six soldiers wounded after man drives auto on them in Paris

Paris attack

Police have said they are now looking for the vehicle which took off after the incident at about 8am and anti-terrorist police have "taken up the enquiry", according to reports in the French press.

Six soldiers were injured, in Paris, when a auto plowed into them.

After reviewing video surveillance, police descended onto Paris and the surrounding area, conducting auto searches in their hunt for the attacker, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said on Twitter: "Police intervention is underway".

The arrest of a man, aged in his late 30s, came hours after a auto rammed into soldiers, injuring six.

In statements to France Info radio station, Levallois Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany called the attack an "intolerable aggression" against soldiers and described it as "shameful".

The area, quieter than normal in peak summer holiday season, was cordoned off after the incident, which happened at around 8:00 a.m. local time, police said.

The suspected terror attack is the latest in a string of assaults that have hit France since January 2015, claiming more than 230 lives. "It all happened very quickly".

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At least two soldiers who were seriously injured are now in a military hospital, according to the government of Levallois-Perret, northwest of the center of Paris.

"The vehicle did not stop", Balkany said. "It hurtled at them".

An urgent police manhunt was launched to try and find the driver of the vehicle, which was believed to be a dark BMW.

French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened an investigation aimed at pursuing perpetrators on charges of attempted murder of security forces in connection with a terrorist enterprise, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

"I heard a loud noise, the sound of scraping metal".

Failed attacks by individuals have also taken place on police and soldiers on the Champs-Elysees, near the Louvre museum and outside Notre Dame cathedral.

Business owners who spoke to Arab News early Wednesday reported a massive police presence on the streets.

The incident came just four days after Sentinelle soldiers intervened to control an 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems at the Eiffel Tower.

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