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At least six French soldiers have been injured after they were hit by a vehicle in the northewestern Parisian suburb of Levallois-Perret, according to the city's police authority, reported Al Jazeera.

Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said at least two of the six were seriously injured in Wednesday's incident.

Speaking to broadcaster BFM TV, Balkany said that what he called a "disgusting" act of aggression was "without any doubt" premeditated.
A police operation was underway following the attack.

Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler, reporting from Paris, said security was high in the capital which has seen similar incidents in the past.

"The group that was attacked is from the same special squadron of soldiers that have been spread across France after the series of attacks that we've seen in country. They are there to patrol," she said.

The incident comes four days after a teenager with psychiatric problems tried to attack security forces guarding the Eiffel Tower.

France remains on maximum alert after a string of attacks that have killed more than 230 people over the past two years.

In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris' Louvre Museum, while in April another fighter shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.

In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.


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