The suspect got away but several hours after the attack, police had shot and arrested a man on the A16 highway in north Paris.
The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that they are considering this to be a terrorist attack.
Witnesses described seeing a BMW with one person inside waiting in a cul-de-sac near a building used for soldiers, when the attacker rammed the soldiers emerged from the building to board vehicles for a new shift.
Security incident Levallois-Perret. Avoid area. pic.twitter.com/hA10XBBf16
— U.S. Embassy France (@USEmbassyFrance) August 9, 2017
The U.S. Embassy has issued a warning Americans to avoid the area in a tweet.
France remains under maximum security alert after a string of Islamist-inspired attackers have murdered over 230 people over the past two years.