Amid increased tensions in Paris following the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, seven Britons were in custody Wednesday after attempting a hit-and-run murder of a police officer standing guard outside the Israeli Embassy.

“The four men and three women have not been named but are said to be Londoners of Pakistani origin, who were travelling in a Mercedes and a BMW with false number plates,” reported The Daily Mail.

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The assailants’ vehicles were filmed threatening the policeman outside the heavily fortified embassy close to the Champs Elysée on Monday night.

‘They suddenly deviated from their direction of travel and rushed towards the officer, who narrowly escaped’ said an investigating source.

Read more at i24NEWS.