13:41 GMT31 July 2021
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    French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe confirmed on Wednesday that the man who was arrested on a motorway in northern France was the same person who had plowed a car into the soldiers in a Paris suburb earlier in the day.

    BFMTV channel reported earlier that the French police had wounded and detained the man who could be behind the ramming attack against French servicemen near Paris.

    The suspect was intercepted by the police on a motorway in northern France while driving the BMW which may have been used in the attack. The man, who was not armed, was shot during the arrest, accrording to the report.

    Earlier in the day, a vehicle rammed into a group of French soldiers in the French town of Levallois-Perret. The suspected vehicle left six French police officers injured and after that fled the scene.

    The anti-terrorism office of the Paris prosecutors' office, which is in charge of investigating similar cases, has opened probe into the incident.

    Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo expressed support for the wounded and hopes that the perpetrators will be arrested soon.

    The injured soldiers belong to Operation Sentinelle introduced in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015, which killed 130 people. Since then, France has suffered a series of attacks.

    On June 7, a 40-year-old assailant of Algerian descent attacked police officers with a hammer near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, slightly injuring one of the officers. The attacker was neutralized.

    On April 20, a 39-year-old man, known for radicalization, attacked law enforcement officers at the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital. One policeman was killed, two other police officers and a woman, who was passing by, were injured. The assailant was killed.


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