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Man Drives Car at Soldiers Guarding French Mosque

PARIS - A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in the French city of Valence on Friday, local officials said.

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French police officers and soldiers stand near a red car in front of the mosque of Valence, southeastern France, on Jan. 1, 2016, after a soldier guarding the mosque shot and wounded a driver who rammed him with a car. PATRICK GARDIN / AFP - Getty Images

The soldiers were not seriously injured and were able to open fire on the car, injuring the driver twice with bullets, Frédéric Loiseau, head of the police prefecture of Valence, told NBC News.

The driver, whose motive was not immediately clear, was in the hospital, he said.

Valence is about 60 miles south of Lyon in southern France.

The target was the soldiers and not the Mosque Al Fourquanes itself, Loiseau added.

France is on high alert after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people. The soldiers are part of the reinforced security guarding places of worship and other sensitive sites.