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BMW suspect is arrested in Paris after gunfire capture

French police have arrested a man, believed to be the driver of a BMW that rammed into a group of soldiers on patrol.

Six people were injured when the vehicle slammed into soldiers guarding a Paris suburb, French police said.

An official has said the man was wounded in a gunfight during his capture. No other information about the suspect or his condition has been released.

The mayor of the area said it was "without doubt a deliberate act".

He said a vehicle had been waiting by the road for the soldiers to emerge as they came on duty.

"It was a BMW which accelerated very quickly the moment they came out."

A resident in a nearby block of flats, Jean-Claude Veillant, told BBC reporters he saw part of the attack.

"I heard a loud noise, the sound of scraping metal. Shortly after, I saw one of the badly wounded lying in front of the Vigipirate [army patrol] vehicle and another one behind it receiving treatment," he said.

"The vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear," the spokesman added.

"Two people were seriously injured and four others were less badly hurt," he said.

It has been reported the injured soldiers are being treated at the Percy military hospital in Clamart, but their precise condition has not been made public.

French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened an investigation aimed at pursuing perpetrators on charges of attempted murder of security forces in connection with a terrorist enterprise, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

This move means authorities believe the attack was deliberate and planned with a terrorist motive.

French President Emmanuel Macron is holding a previously scheduled top-level security meeting.

The incident is the latest in a series targeting security forces in France guarding sites after a string of deadly attacks.

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