The suspect in the attack on French soldiers named as Bachir Hamou.
A search warrant is being executed at his home in the Paris suburb of Sartrouville.
Hamou was shot and arrested after an attack this morning in Paris, which saw six soldiers injured after he drove his BMW into them. The 37-year-old was Hamou was reported to be ‘seriously wounded’ in a gunfight near the northern port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.
Hamou was shot five times.
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According to reports, Hamou was intercepted as he was speeding along the A16 motorway towards Calais. At this time, specialist firearms officers from nearby Lille and Rouen engaged Hamou.
via NBC News:
A SWAT team tracked, intercepted and shot the suspect five times while he was traveling on a highway around 150 miles north of Paris, officials told NBC News.
The suspect was not killed, and officers detained him and took him to hospital. He is a 36-year-old man of North African origin who lives in the Paris suburb of Sartrouville, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.
Earlier, French counterterrorism prosecutors opened an investigation after the suspect, driving a BMW, injured six soldiers by ramming them as they left their barracks in the Levallois-Perret region of the city.
France’s Minister of the Armed Forces said three of the wounded soldiers were seriously injured, however, their injuries were not considered critical.
Patrick Balkany, the mayor of nearby Levallois-Perret, told NBC News that “Without a doubt this is a terrorist attack … he deliberately drove out to hit the soldiers.”
The targeted soldiers are part of what’s called Operation Sentinel. Operation Sentinel is a large-scale security operation that was create to patrol French towns and cities. It that deployed after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015.
France, who has endured multiple attacks over the last couple of years, has been under a state of emergency since the terror attacks that killed 130 people in November 2016.
Levallois-Perret, where this morning’s attack took place, is the location of France’s main intelligence agency as well as a “staging point” for soldiers who have been assigned to protect prominent sites after recent attacks.
The attack at Levallois-Perret comes just a little over a year after the Bastille Day attack that left 86 dead.
About Bachir Hamou
Hamou is the 37-year-old man who was shot and arrested for his connection to a terrorist attack in Levallois-Perret. Hamou rammed a BMW into a group of soldiers, injuring six. Hamou resides in the French suburb of Sartrouville.
Levallois-Perret is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located about 4 miles from the center of Paris. It is the most densely populated town in Europe and is home to France’s main intelligence agency and is staging point” for soldiers who have been assigned to protect prominent sites after recent attacks.
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