A MAN suspected of ramming a car into soldiers in Paris was shot and ‘seriously wounded’ by police on a motorway near Calais.
Hamou Bachir, a 36-year-old Algerian illegal immigrant, was hit by five bullets after his hired BMW was stopped on the A16 yesterday and he appeared to reach for a weapon.
Earlier, a car had slammed into a patrol of soldiers, injuring six, in the suburb of Levallois-Perret, outside France’s intelligence and counter-terrorism services.
The men were leaving to begin a shift guarding prominent sites in the French capital when the BMW drove up slowly then increased speed to hit them. A resident described an ear-piercing scream of pain, then soldiers chasing after the car. ‘I’ll never forget that scream,’ she said.
Three soldiers, who are from the 35th infantry regiment, were slightly injured and three were more seriously hurt but their lives were not in danger, the Defence Ministry said.
Bachir was last night in intensive care under armed guard. He was not known to the security services but was subject to a ‘foreigner infraction’ notice, and faced deportation to Algeria.
Referring to the attack, Paris MP Patrick Balkany said: ‘Terrorists — there’s no other word. The soldiers were taken by surprise. They did not have a chance.’ Interior minister Gerard Collomb said: ‘We know it was a deliberate act.’
Police were later seen searching a building which is believed to be linked to Bachir in the Paris suburb of Sartrouville.
There are 10,000 soldiers and 4,700 police and gendarmes patrolling France after a string of attacks, including an attempt to kill a soldier at the Eiffel Tower on Saturday.