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French police arrested a 36-year-old man who allegedly rammed a group of soldiers with a BMW auto outside the Paris capital and wounded six of them.

Officers opened fire to "neutralize" the main suspect on the A16 motorway near Calais, the Interior Ministry said.

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. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed that the person arrested is the same man who carried out the attack.

Six French soldiers have been injured in a seeming terrorist attack when a auto hit them near their barracks in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

Some experts believe patrols should be withdrawn from the streets where they are an obvious target for extremists, but the government is likely to hesitate to do so in case of another major attack.

The post Police arrest suspect in vehicle attack that wounded six French soldiers appeared first on PBS NewsHour. As part of an operation deployed after the fact, police arrested the driver of a BMW auto, that matches the description of the one used in the attack on Highway 16.

Military officers set up a security perimeter near the site where six soldiers of the anti-terrorism Sentinelle operation were hit by a vehicle in Levallois-Perret, near Paris, France, 09 August 2017.

The Mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, said the incident had been deliberate without any doubt.

According to the minister, it is "the sixth time" that soldiers of Operation Sentinel, which has stationed 7,000 soldiers permanently on the national territory since the attacks in 2015, have been targeted.

The Levallois-Perret attack was the 15th on soldiers and police since they were deployed in large numbers nationwide after a series of Islamist militant attacks over the past two-and-a-half years. He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, AFP says.

He explained: "I am glad to see that France is not as it were trying to exclude people by pointing them out or behind walls or barriers".

"We saw all emergency vehicles, firefighters, police, paramedics.We saw two people on the ground, treated by firefighters and doctors". The incident comes amid several recent attacks in France targeting security forces that have been guarding key sites after a string of deadly terror attacks.