At least six French soldiers have been injured, two of them seriously, after being hit by a vehicle in a Paris suburb. A police operation is underway in the area, the authorities have confirmed.

The incident took place in Levallois-Perret commune in northwestern suburb of Paris, some 6 km from the capital. “Police are everywhere, [they] set up a security perimeter and the neighbours are being questioned,” one witness said.  The vehicle hit several soldiers from Operation Sentinelle, a French military operation deployed in the aftermath of the 2015 terrorist attacks. At least six soldiers were injured in the incident, two of them seriously.

According to BFMTV, the vehicle , identified as BMW, was driven by a man. Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said: “Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act.”