France captures suspect in terror attack on soldiers-- Does not name or give religion of perp

French police hunting a driver who rammed a car into a group of soldiers in Paris early Wednesday morning have shot, wounded and arrested a man on a highway north of the city.

A Lille policeman was injured by stray gunfire during the arrest, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor told CNN.

The man, who was unarmed and hit with five bullets while attempting to evade police on the A16 motorway, is in a serious condition, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.

The suspect, born in 1980, reportedly drove his vehicle into a police car before being arrested, according to BFMTV.

"The car accelerated towards the soldiers for five meters in order to hit them," he told reporters. "We do not believe this could be an accident."

Mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, told BFMTV that the car was "pre-positioned" in a small alleyway, waiting for troops from the 35th Infantry Regiment to come out of the building.

The group of soldiers are part of France's Operation Sentinel, set up in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in January 2015.
Given the nature of the targets and the MO of the alleged attacker, it is probable that the attacks were by an Islamic terrorist.   The Europeans seem hyper afraid of identifying Muslim terrorists.  Their silence on that point probably is seen by many as a clue about the identity of the attackers.


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