Pictured: Algerian, 36, suspected of mowing down six soldiers outside barracks in Paris terror attack before being shot five times and arrested while 'driving his BMW towards Calais'
- Six soldiers were injured when a car drove into their unit in a Paris suburb
- Levallois-Perret houses the HQ of France's national anti-terrorism agency
- Incident took place on Wednesday morning and the driver fled the scene
- Suspect identified as Hamou Bachir, 36, an Algerian not known to police
- Man was shot five times by police before he could be taken into custody
- Mayor claimed driver of the BMW had 'parked up in wait' before incident
- A building search is underway in Sartrouville as part of the investigation
This picture is believed to show Hamou Bachir, 36, the suspected terrorist shot and arrested in connection with this morning's attack in Paris, which saw six soldiers injured when a BMW mowed down their patrol
This picture is believed to show the suspected terrorist shot and arrested in connection with this morning's attack in Paris, which saw six soldiers injured when a BMW mowed down their patrol.
Hamou Bachir, 36, is under armed guard in hospital after he was 'seriously wounded' in a fierce gunfight close to the northern port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer after he was intercepted driving towards Calais.
Bachir, who was not known to the security services, was shot five times, with one officer also hit by a bullet, before being arrested, according to a security source.
The suspect - who also uses the name Benlatreche - is thought to be an illegal immigrant who was subject to a ‘foreigner infraction’ notice meaning he faced deportation to Algeria, which used to be French colony.
A search is underway at a building believed to be connected to Bachir in Sartrouville.
'The suspect was driving a black BMW identical to the one used in the attack on the soldiers,' said the source.
'Its number plate was recorded by video surveillance, and put out to police forces around the country.'
Bachir was speeding along the A16 motorway, towards Calais, when specialist firearms officers from nearby Lille and Rouen engaged.
The suspect is thought to have a mad 'a sudden movement' as if he was taking a gun out, and then he tried to escape.
It is then that bullets were fired at the man. It is not known whether he was in fact carrying a weapon.
Caught: The terrorist suspect was shot five times before his arrest in connection with this morning's attack in Paris, which saw six soldiers injured when a BMW mowed down their patrol
Emergency operation: Paramedics and security services gather at the scene where a BMW slammed into six soldiers outside their barracks in a northwestern suburb of Paris
Police fire: Police opened fire during the arrest of the man, who was driving the black BMW which had been used in the attack in Paris Wednesday morning
Arrest: The suspect was intercepted on the A16 motorway, near Marquise, northern France
'The arrested individual, born in 1980, is suspected to be the culprit of the assault in the Levallois-Perret area of Paris at around 8am,' a security source said.
'He was driving the vehicle we were looking for and tried to flee,' the source added, explaining why police opened fire.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has since confirmed that police had arrested the suspect behind the attack while speaking to MPs during parliament question time.
The anti-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutors' office has launched a probe into the 'attempted killings... in relation to a terrorist undertaking', the office said in a statement.
The driver of a dark BMW is alleged to have been waiting for the soldiers to leave the barracks in Levallois-Perret, a northwestern suburb of the capital, before speeding into the group.
A search is currently underway at a building believed to be connected to Bachir in Sartrouville
The officials say information about the suspect's identity is being verified, and it is unclear whether the suspect lived in the building
Incident: The car was allegedly purposely driven into the group of soldiers as they left their barracks in Levallois-Perret, a suburb of the French capital
Two soldiers were seriously injured in the incident, which took place at about 8am local time on Wednesday.
Levallois-Perret is meant to be one of the most secure towns in France, as it contains the headquarters of the DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security), the country’s main counter-terrorism intelligence agency.
The security initiative was set up in 2015 following a series of atrocities inParis carried out by Islamic State and Al-Qaeda operatives.
‘I heard a huge crash which I thought was the sound of scaffolding being put up,’ said Thierry Chappe, an eyewitness to today’s attack.
‘Then I saw soldiers scattered all over the ground’.
Taken away: This image appears to show the suspect being loaded onto an ambulance helicopter after being shot five times by police on the A16 motorway, near Marquise
Heavily armed and masked French police stand guard at the scene following the shootout
Intervention: The 37-year-old was 'seriously wounded' in a fierce gunfight close to the northern port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, after he was intercepted driving towards Calais
Police officials said witnesses described seeing a dark-coloured BMW with one person inside waiting in a cul-de-sac near a building used for soldiers from the Sentinelle security force, which was created after the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015.
The BMW drove into the group as they were leaving their barracks, before speeding off.
Eye-witnesses have described horrific scenes of injured soldiers on the ground and troops chasing after the speeding car.
Nadia LeProhon said she was startled by a loud crash outside her building in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, and rushed outside to see two soldiers on the ground.
Other soldiers ran after a speeding car, shouting 'After him! Follow that car!'
She said the scream that followed the crash was still echoing through her head. 'I'll never forget that scream - a scream of pain and distress.'
French police and emergency workers intervene on the site after arrested Wednesday
The suspect is thought to have a made 'a sudden movement' as if he was taking a gun out, and then he tried to escape
Jean-Claude Veillant, resident of an apartment building directly above the scene, witnessed 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 told reporters.
The mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, said the incident had 'without any doubt' been deliberate. 'It's an odious act of aggression,' Balkany told BFM TV.
Mr Balkany claimed that the driver of the BMW had 'pre-positioned itself in the alley (where the barracks is located) and barreled into them,' adding that the car had 'accelerated very quickly'.
France's Defence Minister Florence Parly has condemned the suspected terrorist attack as a 'cowardly act'.
The incident 'does nothing to dent soldiers' determination to work for the security of the French people,' she said in a statement.
Arrest: The man in his late 30s has been arrested in connection with the attack, following a police shootout during an intervention to track down the driver of the BMW (not pictured)
Investigation: Paris prosecutors have opened up a terror probe as police still hunt for the driver, who fled the scene in Levallois-Perret
Accusations: The mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, claimed the driver of the BMW had been 'parked up in wait' outside the barracks before the incident
Levallois-Perret is home to France's main intelligence agency and a staging point for soldiers assigned to protect prominent sites after recent attacks.
The attack happened as a three-soldier night patrol handed over their duties to a day patrol of the same number, said local council spokesman David-Xavier Weiss.
Mr Weiss said that the layout of the street had prevented the person behind the wheel from injuring more people.
'The arrangement of the square meant that the attacker did not have enough of a run-up to cause more damage,' said Mr Weiss.
He said the men were standing next to a temporary barracks set up by the council for soldiers taking part in Opération Sentinelle.
'It gives them a place to change, eat and rest,' he said. The municipal building is less than a mile from the anti-terrorist HQ.
France's Defence Minister has condemned the suspected terrorist attack as a 'cowardly act'
Soldiers secure the street near the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the north western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret
A security perimeter has now been set up around the area, with shops and homes evacuated, and a local park shut.
The weekly council of ministers was taking place at the Elysée Palace as the first reports emerged.
Opération Sentinelle is an anti-terrorism force made up of 10,000 soldiers and 4,700 police and gendarmes, deployed following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
In January 2015, two brothers who had vowed allegiance to Al-Qaeda gunned down 12 people at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
In November that year, some 130 people were killed in a wave of shootings and bombings in Paris, a carnage claimed by the Islamic State group (ISIS).
France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on Opération Sentinelle forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites.
Attack: Police and military work near the scene where French soldiers were hit in what the local mayor has branded a 'deliberate, odious act of aggression'
Targeted: The soldiers were all members of an anti-terrorism operation which has been deployed in Paris since the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015
Injured: The soldiers were hit leaving their barracks at 8am on Wednesday
On Saturday, an 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife and shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Greatest).
He later told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier.
In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris's Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.
In June, a 40-year-old Algerian doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to IS attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
France is part of the US-led international coalition fighting IS and has carried out air strikes against the extremist group in Syria.
TIMELINE OF TERROR: ATTACKS IN FRANCE SINCE 2012
- March, 2012 - Mohamed Merah, an al Qaeda-inspired gunman, kills seven people in three separate shootings in Toulouse. Victims included three soldiers of North African origin, a rabbi and his two young children.
- December, 2014 - A man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is greatest) injures 13 by ramming a vehicle into a crowd in the eastern city of Dijon. Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France has 'never before faced such a high threat linked to terrorism'.
- January, 2015 - Two brothers kill 12 people inside the Paris offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in a supposed retaliation for the publication's cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. More are killed subsequently in attacks on a kosher market in eastern Paris and on police. There are 17 victims in all, including two police officers. The attackers are killed.
- June, 2015 - Frenchman Yassin Salhi, 35, kills and beheads his boss and displays the severed head, surrounded by two Islamic flags, on the fence of a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in southeastern France. He tries to blow up the factory, but is arrested. He commits suicide in jail in December.
- November 2015 - ISIS militants kill 130 people in France's worst atrocity since World War II. A series of suicide bomb and shooting attacks are launched on crowded sites in central Paris, as well as the northern suburb of Saint-Denis. ISIS claim responsibility. It leads to the declaration of a state of emergency in France. Police powers are expanded.
- January, 2016 - A man wielding a meat cleaver and carrying an ISIS emblem is shot dead as he tries to attack a police station in Paris. Convicted of theft in 2013, the man identified himself at the time as Moroccan-born Sallah Ali.
- June, 2016 - Two French police officers are murdered in their home in front of their 3-year-old son. ISIS claims responsibility for the slaying, carried out by a jihadist with a prior terrorist conviction. He is killed at the scene.
- July, 2016 - Amid Bastille Day celebrations in the Riviera city of Nice, a large truck is driven into a festive crowd. Some 86 people from a wide variety of countries are killed. The driver is shot dead. ISIS again claim responsibility for the attack. The state of emergency in France is extended.
- July, 2016 - Less than two weeks later, attackers slit the throat of a priest in a hostage-taking at his church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
- February, 2017 - A man armed with a machete is shot five times outside the Louvre museum after attempting to storm the historic art gallery.
- March, 2017 - Convicted criminal with links to radical Islam shouted 'I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths' seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Orly airport.
- June, 2017 - An Algerian man, 40, who had pledged allegiance to ISIS attacks a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
- August, 2017 - A mentally ill 18-year-old is arrested at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife and shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Greatest). He later told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier.
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