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BMW Barrels Into Soldiers Near Paris, Hurting 6; Suspect Shot and Detained

French counterterrorism prosecutors opened an investigation, meaning authorities believe the attack was deliberate and planned with a terrorist motive



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    French police and emergency workers at the site on the A16 motorway in near Marquise where police arrested a man suspected of ramming six soldiers in a suburb of Paris Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

    A BMW plowed into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday, hurting six, in what the local mayor said was "without a doubt" the work of a "terrorist." 

    The driver escaped but was tracked down and shot five times by a SWAT team while he was traveling on a highway about 150 miles north of Paris, officials told NBC News.

    The suspect, a 36-year-old North African man who lives in another suburb of Paris, was wounded and taken to a hospital, according to the Paris prosecutor's office. 

    French counterterorrism experts opened an investigation after the ramming attack at an army barracks in Levallois-Perret, in which three of the wounded soldiers were seriously injured.

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    "Without a doubt this is a terrorist attack ... he deliberately drove out to hit the soldiers," Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said.