Paris Soldiers Injured – iParis.com
The driver’s motive is unclear, but officials said he deliberately aimed at the soldiers, and counterterrorism authorities opened an investigation. It is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces guarding France over the past year. While others have targeted prominent sites like the Eiffel Tower, Wednesday’s attack hit a leafy, relatively affluent suburb that is home to France’s main intelligence service, the DGSI.
Three of the soldiers suffered light injuries while three were more seriously injured, but their lives are not in danger, according to the Defense Ministry.
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo tweeted: “I hope with all my heart that the attacker will be quickly arrested.”
A witness to the car attack described hearing an ear-piercing scream of pain and troops chasing after a speeding car, reported The Associated Press. Nadia LeProhon was startled by a loud crash outside her building in Levallois-Perret, and rushed outside to see two soldiers on the ground. Other soldiers ran after a speeding car, shouting: “After him! Follow that car!”
She said the scream that followed the crash was still echoing through her head. “I’ll never forget that scream — a scream of pain and distress,” she told AP.
Resident Jean-Claude Veillant said he saw two uniformed soldiers prone on the ground when he came down to the entrance of his 13-story building. “It was horrible,” he said, adding that both soldiers appeared to be in bad shape and one of them was unconscious.