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Paris Car Attack Leaves French Soliders Injured

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Another attack in the streets of Paris; this time a man drove his car into a group of soldiers. Police later captured the suspect after wounding him during a gunfight.

French authorities say the driver of a BMW waited in a cul-de-sac, then rammed his vehicle into a group of soldiers just as they were changing shifts. Six are hurt, three with serious injuries.

A local resident heard what she describes as, "screams of pain and distress". She says: "I saw two bodies, two soldiers on the ground. One was in a really bad way."

Government officials call it a "cowardly", "calculated ambush". Specialized forces caught the suspect hours after the attack, after a shootout on a highway in northern France.

The attack happened in a Paris suburb well-known for being the headquarters of France’s main intelligence agency. It's also a staging point for soldiers serving in "Operation Sentinelle", a unit created to protect French sites, after a series of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
Since 2012, nine police officers have died in terrorist attacks across Paris.

Just last weekend, a man shouting, "Allah Akbar" tried to stab a security guard at the Eiffel tower. In June, two terror-related attacks along the Champs-Elysees and at the Notre Dame specifically targeted police.  

Authorities say today's attack marks the sixth-time terrorists have targeted soldiers with “Operation Sentinelle”.

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