THE prime suspect in a Paris car-ramming attack that left six French soldiers injured yesterday morning was arrested the same afternoon.
Edouard Philippe said the “principal suspect” apprehended on the A16 road near Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France was driving the BMW used in the attack.
Police reportedly shot the suspect during the arrest.
The suspect was seen waiting in a BMW in a cul-de-sac near the Levallois city hall and a building used as a staging point for soldiers in the operation to protect prominent sites from attack.
A group of soldiers emerged from the building to board vehicles for a new shift when the car sped up and rammed into them, its force hurling the soldiers against their van.
Two were hospitalised and four suffered minor injuries.
“We know it was a deliberate act,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. Defence Minister Florence Parly said it was proof that extra security measures imposed in recent years were “more necessary than ever.”