The driver who intentionally plowed a vehicle into a crowd of soldiers in a Paris suburb remained on the loose Wednesday as French police eyed a possible terror motive.

At least three of the six French soldiers who were hit were seriously injured, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, France's Defense Ministry said. The soldiers were part of the 35th infantry regiment in the suburb of Saint-Mande and were leaving their barracks just after 8 a.m. when the attack occurred. France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters the driver targeted the soldiers in a calculated car attack.

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Six soldiers were injured when a driver plowed a vehicle into them on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Nadia LeProhon, a witness, told The Associated Press she heard a loud crash outside her building and rushed outside to see two soldiers on the ground. Other soldiers ran after the speeding car, shouting "After him! Follow that car!"

"I'll never forget that scream — a scream of pain and distress," LeProhon said.

The car, believed to be a BMW, has not been located.

No one was specifically named in the investigation and the motive of the attack is still unknown, though local mayor Patrick Balkany said the incident had "without any doubt" been deliberate.

French soldiers stand near the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret near Paris, France, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. French police are searching for a driver who slammed his BMW into a group of soldiers, injuring six of them in an apparent ambush before speeding away, officials said. The incident in Levallois, northwest of Paris, is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces in France.(AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) Expand / Collapse

French soldiers stand near the scene of a Paris car attack. (AP)

"It's an odious act of aggression," he told BFM-TV.

Authorities have opened an investigation into the incident, which they believe had a terrorist motive. Paris' prosecutor's office said it aimed at pursuing the perpetrators on charges of attempted murder of security forces in connection with a terrorist enterprise.

Defense Minister Florence Parly condemned the attack, calling it "a cowardly act with the utmost firmness."

The service members were part of Opération Sentinelle, an anti-terrorism operation that was created after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The mission's aim is to protect civilians.

Collomb said Wednesday's car attack marks the sixth time soldiers with the Sentinelle operation have been targeted.

France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when several Islamist gunmen opened fire in Paris, leaving 130 people dead in a series of coordinated attacks.

French Police work on the scene where French soldiers were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret near Paris, France, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. French police are searching for a driver who slammed his BMW into a group of soldiers, injuring six of them in an apparent ambush before speeding away, officials said. The incident in Levallois, northwest of Paris, is the latest of several attacks targeting security forces in France.(AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) Expand / Collapse

French police work on the scene of an attack that injured six soldiers. (AP)

The latest incident is one of several recent attacks targeting French security forces guarding public sites. Last weekend, a teenager with a knife shouting "Allahu akbar" attempted to force his way into the Eiffel Tower. He later told police he wanted to attack a soldier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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