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Wednesday , 13 December 2017
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Soldiers hit by car in Paris


At least six French soldiers have been injured after they were hit by a vehicle in the northwestern Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, according to the city’s police authority.

Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said at least two of the six were seriously injured in Wednesday’s incident.

Balkany said that what he called a “disgusting” act of aggression was “without any doubt” premeditated.

A police operation was under way following the attack. Security was high in the capital, which has seen similar incidents in the past.

The incident comes four days after a teenager with psychiatric problems tried to attack security forces guarding the Eiffel Tower.

France remains on maximum alert after a string of attacks that have killed more than 230 people over the past two years.

In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris’ Louvre Museum, while in April another attacker shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.

In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.

France’s Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb wrote on Twitter that he was visiting the soldiers injured in the incident, while the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, tweeted offering “all her support” to those injured.

France has been in a state of emergency introduced after a terror attack in Paris killed 130 people in November 2015.

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