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Paris attack suspect identified


A 36-year old Algerian has been identified as the man wounded by French police after an alleged terrorist attack on soldiers in Paris.

The man is in hospital in Lille, northern France. His life is not in danger.

French media say he was injured by five police bullets when his BMW hire car was chased and stopped on the A16 motorway near Boulogne.

On 9 August, at around 08:15 CET, a BMW had driven at soldiers in a Paris suburb, resulting in six soldiers being injured –three of them seriously. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening.

The Paris prosecutor described the attack as “attempted killings … in relation to a terrorist undertaking”.

The suspect was on police records because of an earlier minor infringement, but he had normal French residency status. The intelligence services did not know of him, and he was not on a watch list.

He was unarmed when he was cornered by police on the motorway some 260km north of Paris.

He is a resident of Sartrouville, in the northwestern suburbs of the capital, French media report.

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the car had been driven deliberately at the troops and the attack had been carried out by a “man on his own”.

The car was driven slowly until it came within five metres of the patrol before accelerating towards them, he added.

Pan European Networks Ltd