A man was shot and arrested in Paris this morning, suspected of plowing a car into a group of soldiers. He has been identified as Hamou Bachir Benlatreche, 26, and is now under armed guard in the hospital after he was reportedly seriously wounded. The man was captured close to the northern port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer.
He had been intercepted while driving toward Calais, on the French coast. Benlatreche, who was reportedly not known to the security services in France, was shot five times. An officer was also hit after getting caught in the crossfire. French police are waiting to interview the man suspected of as he recovers from wounds after being shot during his arrest.
The suspect, an Algerian national, was living legally in France and was unknown to the security services. He was driving the rented black BMW used in the attack in Levallois-Perret, on the outskirts of Paris.
Police have been searching his home in a north-west suburb of the French capital to establish a possible motive for the attack. A police officer told Agence France-Presse the suspect, who was shot five times after ramming a police vehicle trying to force him to stop, was still in a hospital in Lille and not able to be questioned as yet.
— fabian ciobanu (@fabritio222) August 9, 2017
There have been a number of attacks recently on French security services.
- Last Saturday, a young man tried to force his way into the Eiffel Tower with a knife, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”). A source said he told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier.
- In June, police shot a man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.
- In April, an attacker shot dead a policeman on the Champs-Elysees. The assailant, later named as convicted criminal Karim Cheurfi, was shot dead by security forces.
- In February, a man armed with a machete attacked a security patrol at Paris’s Louvre Museum.