- Title: France opens anti-terrorist inquiry after hit-and-run on soldiers
- Date: 9th August 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (AUGUST 9, 2017) (REUTERS FOR AGENCY POOL) CASTANER ARRIVING FOR WEEKLY GOVERNMENT BRIEFING (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, CHRISTOPHE CASTANER, SAYING: "The national counter-terrorism prosecutor has been assigned to the case. It will be up to them to communicate, according to the elements at their disposal, firstly whether or not they feel this is a terrorist incident, and then about the investigation methods." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, CHRISTOPHE CASTANER, SAYING: "I can tell you now that the president of the Republic and the prime minister have been dealing with the situation since nine o'clock this morning and that immediately after the cabinet meeting the armed forces minister and the interior minister quickly went to see our soldiers. The six people injured are currently being treated and cared for in two of our specialised hospitals."
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- Keywords: Christophe Castaner France Levallois-Perret soldiers suspected terrorist attack counter-terrorist probe
- Location: PARIS AND LEVALLOIS-PERRET, FRANCE
- City: PARIS AND LEVALLOIS-PERRET, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0036TFPY6F
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- Story Text: Counter-terrorism prosecutors have been assigned to a hit-and-run incident that left six soldiers injured in a Parisian suburb on Wednesday (August 9), French government spokesman Christophe Castaner said.
A car, which police said was dark-coloured and probably a BMW, rammed into a group of soldiers in Levallois-Perret, a relatively affluent suburb on the western edge of Paris.
Castaner said the injured soldiers were being treated in two specialized hospitals.
The incident follows a string of Islamist-inspired attacks on soldiers and police, who have been deployed in large numbers nationwide after calls by militant group Islamic State for attacks on France and other countries bombing its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
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