PARIS, FRANCE (CBSMiami) — French authorities say the driver of a BMW rammed his vehicle into a group of soldiers as they changed shifts.READ MORE: Miami Police Need Help Finding Missing Teen Mahogany Porter
Six are hurt and three others have serious injuries.
A local resident heard, what she described as, “screams of pain and distress.”
She says, “I saw two bodies, two soldiers on the ground. One was in a really bad way.”
Government officials call it a “cowardly” and “calculated ambush.”READ MORE: Kendall Neighborhood Fights Back Against Planned Development On Norman Brothers Produce Property
Specialized forces caught the suspect hours after the attack – after a shootout on a highway in northern France.
The attack happened in a Paris suburb well-known for being the headquarters of France’s main intelligence agency. It’s also a staging point for soldiers serving in “Operation Sentinelle” – a unit created to protect French sites after a series of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
Since 2012, nine police officers have died in terrorist attacks across Paris.
Last weekend, a man shouting, “Allah Akbar” tried to stab a security guard at the Eiffel tower.MORE NEWS: Report: 25 AR-15 Rifles Missing From Miami Police Department's Inventory
In June, there were two terror-related attacks along the Champs-Elysees and at the Notre Dame that specifically targeted police.