Police in France have said an operation is underway after a vehicle reportedly drove into a group of soldiers in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on Wednesday morning.

Six people are injured, two of them seriously. A police spokesman anonymously told AP that the vehicle appeared to have targeted the soldiers on purpose, although the motive is not clear.

Parisian police tweeted that a they were searching for a vehicle.

Patrick Balkany, the mayor of Levallois-Perret told BFM Paris that the incident was “an odious attack” and he was in “no doubt” it was carried out deliberately.

He added the vehicle was a BMW car, which was waiting in an alleyway, before speeding up.

The soldiers were taking part in a changeover of troops at their barracks at the time, and are part of Opération Sentinelle — the ongoing military operation put in place since a state of emergency was introduced following the January 2015 terror attacks in Paris.

France’s Interior Minister Gérard Collomb — who was in the weekly council of ministers at the presidential Elysée Palace as reports of the incident emerged — tweeted he was on his way to Levallois-Perret.

“I am going to the bedside of the injured, alongside the minister for the armed forces, in support of the forces of Sentinelle,” he said.

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