Inquiry opened into hit-and-run on soldiers in Paris


An inquiry by French counter-terrorism investigators has been opened into a hit-and-run on soldiers in a Paris suburb on Wednesday morning, Reuters reports.

A source in the judiciary told Reuters that the department was working alongside the DGSI internal intelligence agency, which indicates that the incident is being treated as a possible act of terrorism.

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly issued a statement saying that police were looking for a suspect on the run following the incident, which she referred to as a "cowardly act".

Six soldiers were injured when a BMW, parked in an alley, accelerated into the group as they were leaving their barracks to go on patrol.

"The vehicle did not stop. It hurtled at them … it accelerated rapidly," Patrick Balkany, mayor of Levallois-Perret, told broadcaster BFM TV.

Wednesday morning's incident comes in the wake of a string of Islamist-inspired attacks on soldiers and police, deployed in large numbers across the country in response to calls by militant group Islamic State for attacks on France and other countries as reprisals for destroying its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Police confirmed that the six soldiers were rushed to hospital and that two suffered serious injuries.