Man arrested after soldiers rammed by car in Paris attack

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French authorities searching a driver who rammed a car into a group of soldiers in Paris early Wednesday morning have shot, injured and arrested a man on a highway north of the city.

A Lille cop was hurt by stray gunfire during the arrest, a spokesperson for the Paris prosecutor informed CNN.

The man, who was unarmed and hit with five bullets while trying to avert authorities on the A16 motorway, remains in severe condition, as per CNN affiliate BFMTV. The broadcaster reported that he was jailed in between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais.

The suspect, born in 1980, apparently drove his automobile into a patrol car prior to being jailed, according to BFMTV. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe verified that the person arrested is the same guy who performed the attack.

France’s counter-terror unit is examining the attack, in a suburb of northwest Paris, which left 6 soldiers injured, 3 seriously, according to Paris police. The soldiers’ injuries are not deadly.

Authorities had been looking for a BMW car and its motorist who rammed into a group of soldiers outside a barracks at the Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret at about 8 a.m. local time.

Talking about the Paris attack, Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb stated the attack was a “deliberate act.”

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