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Car Slams Into Soldiers in Paris Suburb

9 August, 2017 9:05 AM
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Car Slams Into Soldiers in Paris Suburb

On its Twitter account, the police prefecture said that operations were continuing in the area and that the authorities were looking for the vehicle and the driver.

Patrick Balkany, the mayor of Levallois-Perret, told the news channel BFM-TV that the attack, which he called a “despicable aggression,” appeared to have intentionally targeted the soldiers as they were getting ready to start their patrol.

“There was a BMW car that was pre-positioned in the alley and that charged into them as they were about to reach their vehicle,” Mr. Balkany told the news channel.

The events in Levallois-Perret came just days after a 19-year-old man with psychiatric problems attempted to attack security forces with a knife at the Eiffel Tower.

The man, who was on authorized leave from a psychiatric hospital and was readmitted on Tuesday, told the police after his arrest that he had wanted to attack a soldier.

In an interview with the weekly Journal du Dimanche published last week, the interior minister, Gérard Collomb, said that the threat level in France was still high and that the authorities had thwarted seven terrorist plots since the beginning of the year.

Asked about French jihadists returning from Islamic State territory in Syria and Iraq, Mr. Collomb told the newspaper that authorities were dealing with 217 adults and 54 minors who had returned to France so far, adding that “many of them are currently incarcerated.”

“But other threats exist,” Mr. Collomb said. “Individuals who could be remotely controlled from abroad, for instance by Al Qaeda. Or people without direct links to Syria, but who are subjected to propaganda that unfortunately is still very active. People who are fragile psychologically, and who can suddenly take action.”

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