Paris Police Hunt Vehicle as Soldiers Hurt in Levallois-Perret

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday in what the local mayor described as an "odious attack" that was "without a doubt deliberate."

Police in the French capital were hunting the suspect, who officials said struck and injured six soldiers as they left their barracks in the Levallois-Perret region of the city, NBC News reported.

Local mayor Patrick Balkany told French TV the "odious attack" was "without a doubt deliberate," and that the attacker was driving a BMW, according to The Associated Press and Reuters.

Earlier, a statement from the Paris Police Prefecture described the vehicle as being "on the run" but also added: "It is not clear yet if it is a hit and run or what the intention was."

Four of the six hurt were described as having light injuries, police said.

They are part of Operation Sentinel, a large-scale security operation to patrol and guard French towns and cities that was deployed after the Charlie Hebdo attacks of January 2015.

France has been under a state of emergency since the coordinated terror attacks that killed 130 people in November that year.

In recent years, European cities such as London, Berlin, Nice and Stockholm have seen a slew of low-tech attacks where the perpetrator has used vehicles as ramming weapons.

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