Pictured: Algerian, 36, suspected of mowing down six soldiers outside barracks in Paris terror attack before being shot five times and arrested while ‘driving his BMW towards Calais’
- Six soldiers were injured when a car drove into their unit in a Paris suburb
- Levallois-Perret houses the HQ of France’s national anti-terrorism agency
- Incident took place on Wednesday morning and the driver fled the scene
- Suspect identified as Hamou Bachir, 36, an Algerian not known to police
- Man was shot five times by police before he could be taken into custody
- Mayor claimed driver of the BMW had ‘parked up in wait’ before incident
- A building search is underway in Sartrouville as part of the investigation
This picture is believed to show Hamou Bachir, 36, the suspected terrorist shot and arrested in connection with this morning’s attack in Paris, which saw six soldiers injured when a BMW mowed down their patrol
This picture is believed to show the suspected terrorist shot and arrested in connection with this morning’s attack in Paris, which saw six soldiers injured when a BMW mowed down their patrol.
Hamou Bachir, 36, is under armed guard in hospital after he was ‘seriously wounded’ in a fierce gunfight close to the northern port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer after he was intercepted driving towards Calais.
Bachir, who was not known to the security services, was shot five times, with one officer also hit by a bullet, before being arrested, according to a security source.
The suspect – who also uses the name Benlatreche – is thought to be an illegal immigrant who was subject to a ‘foreigner infraction’ notice meaning he faced deportation to Algeria, which used to be French colony.
A search is underway at a building believed to be connected to Bachir in Sartrouville.
‘The suspect was driving a black BMW identical to the one used in the attack on the soldiers,’ said the source.
‘Its number plate was recorded by video surveillance, and put out to police forces around the country.’
Bachir was speeding along the A16 motorway, towards Calais, when specialist firearms officers from nearby Lille and Rouen engaged.
The suspect is thought to have a mad ‘a sudden movement’ as if he was taking a gun out, and then he tried to escape.
It is then that bullets were fired at the man. It is not known whether he was in fact carrying a weapon.
Caught: The terrorist suspect was shot five times before his arrest in connection with this morning’s attack in Paris, which saw six soldiers injured when a BMW mowed down their patrol
Emergency operation: Paramedics and security services gather at the scene where a BMW slammed into six soldiers outside their barracks in a northwestern suburb of Paris
Police fire: Police opened fire during the arrest of the man, who was driving the black BMW which had been used in the attack in Paris Wednesday morning
Arrest: The suspect was intercepted on the A16 motorway, near Marquise, northern France
‘The arrested individual, born in 1980, is suspected to be the culprit of the assault in the Levallois-Perret area of Paris at around 8am,’ a security source said.
‘He was driving the vehicle we were looking for and tried to flee,’ the source added, explaining why police opened fire.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has since confirmed that police had arrested the suspect behind the attack while speaking to MPs during parliament question time.
The anti-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutors’ office has launched a probe into the ‘attempted killings… in relation to a terrorist undertaking’, the office said in a statement.
The driver of a dark BMW is alleged to have been waiting for the soldiers to leave the barracks in Levallois-Perret, a northwestern suburb of the capital, before speeding into the group.