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Police and rescue forces are seen on the scene where the man suspected of ramming a car into a group of soldiers on Wednesday in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret was shot and arrested on the A16 motorway, near Marquise, France, August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Paris- Terrorism has again struck France, targeting it for the six time within few months. It specifically targeted the security bodies assigned to fight terrorism and provide security for the French people.

Until details of the car attack at Levallois-Perret suburb are revealed, France remains in the heart of the storm. What state-officials and officers have been warning of is now a reality: the continuous terrorist threat.

The suspect, born in 1980, was arrested by the police who had to shoot fire on the driver after he tried to flee. Security authorities were abstaining from disclosing the suspect’s identity until Wednesday when they announced he is Algerian and was not known to the security services but has illegally entered France.

This was not the first car attack in France. However, what makes the latest attack stand out is that it targeted a group of soldiers and wounded six.

French defense minister visited injured soldiers at the Begin military hospital on Wednesday – France’s interior minister said the driver had intentionally targeted soldiers in a calculated car attack. Further, Patrick Balkany, mayor of Levallois-Perret, said that “Without a doubt this is a terrorist attack – he deliberately drove out to hit the soldiers.”

During the past hundred days, security forces were target of three terrorist attacks. On April 20, a policeman in Champs-Élysées was killed and on July 6 a police patrol was attacked in Paris in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Also in July, an attacker attempted to blast his vehicle in a police van.

Wednesday’s attack will certainly push the government to reconsider its security plan, knowing that more than 7,000 soldiers are deployed during the emergency-state to support the security forces.