TERROR IN PARIS: Soldiers the target as they left barracks
SEVERAL soldiers have been injured after being hit by a vehicle in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, according to French media reports.
AFP have reported six people are injured as a result of the incident.
According to reports two soldiers were seriously injured and have been taken to hospital.
The soldiers were leaving the barracks in the morning, local time, when the assailant, driving a BMW, struck.
First images from the scene of the attack in Paris pic.twitter.com/k2oqN0y11I— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 9, 2017
"Police intervention is underway. Search underway for vehicle," the Paris police department said in a tweet on Wednesday.
A police spokesperson said the vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear.
French police say a major operation is underway and they searching for the vehicle involved.
The incident has been described as a hit-and-run.
Some initial media reports indicate the attack is terror-related.
French media have reported the Levallois-Perret mayor as saying he believes it is a terror attack.
"It was without doubt a deliberate attack," he said.
The incident is the latest to rattle the French capital this year.
On February 3, a man wielding a machete and yelling "Allahu Akbar" was shot dead by police while charging at soldiers out the front of The Louvre museum.
On April 20, a gunman opened fire on police on the Champs-Elysees boulevard on the eve of presidential elections.
One officer was killed and three people wounded before police shot and killed 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi a known terror suspect.
And on June 20, a 31-year-old man rammed a car loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van - once again on the Champs-Elysees. The man died in the incident. There were no other casualties.
This incident in the northwest of Paris is the latest in a disturbing trend of terrorists or otherwise disturbed people driving their cars into crowds with the express purpose of killing innocent people.
JUNE 3 - LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKS
Three men in a white van rammed into pedestrians on London Bridge late in the evening of June 3 before going on a knife rampage through the adjacent Borough Market precinct.
Eight people were killed in the incident including two Australians, Kirsty Boden and Sara Zelanak.
The three perpetrators were shot dead by police.
APRIL 8 - STOCKHOLM
A 39-year-old man from Uzberkistan drove a truck into a department store in the centre of Stockholm on Friday, April 8. Four people were killed in the incident.
MARCH 22 - WESTMINSTER ATTACK
Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old convert to Islam known to British security services, drove a car at high speed into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before launching a frenzied knife attack on a policeman guarding the parliament building.
The incident killed five people.
JANUARY 20 - MELBOURNE CBD RAMPAGE
Lunchtime shoppers in the heart of Melbourne's CBD had to run for their lives on January 20 when a motorist mowed down pedestrians on Bourke Street.
Six people died in the horrific incident and more than 30 were wounded.
DECEMBER 2016 - BERLIN CHRISTMAS MARKET ATTACK
A ruck was deliberately driven into a Berlin Christmas market next at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, leaving 12 people dead and 56 others injured. Anis Amri, a Tunisian failed asylum seeker, was found to be a support of Islamic State.
JULY 2016 - BASTILLE DAY ATTACK
A man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people, while they were celebrating Bastille Day.
The driver was Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel and Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
DECEMBER 2014 - FRENCH ATTACKS
Two men crashed cars into groups of pedestrians on successive days.
On December 21, eleven people were injured in Dijon.
The following day, one person was killed and nine others injured in Nantes. Witnesses to both incidents report that both men - who have never been publicly identified - scream "Allahu Akbar" as they race toward their respective targets but authorities said in both cases the men were mentally ill.
APRIL 2009 - DUTCH ROYAL FAMILY ATTACK
Dutch residents watch on TV live as Karst Roeland Tates, 38, droves his car into a parade that included Queen Beatrix.