One Officer Killed, Two Wounded In Shooting On Paris' Champs Elysees

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Aprile 21, 2017

"The perpetrator of the attack in Champs Elysee in central Paris is Abu Yussef the Belgian and he is one of the Islamic State's fighters", IS claimed in a statement by the jihadists' propaganda agency Amaq.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect who arrived from Belgium by train, according to Reuters.

SHAPIRO: And as we've said, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least one police officer was killed and two others seriously injured when a gunman opened fired on the Champs-Élysées Avenue in Paris on April 20, according to the French interior ministry. French television networks reported that he was a 39-year-old French national known for previous violent crimes. Many police vehicles can be seen on the avenue that passes numerous city's most iconic landmarks. A bystander was also reportedly wounded.

He was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill officers but was released because of lack of evidence.

The far-left's Jean-Luc Mélenchon also took to the social media platform, writing: " Thought [s with] the dead and wounded policemen and their families. The vehicle was abandoned at the scene.

The attacker was known to French anti-terror police, sources told AFP, and raids took place at his address in a suburb to the east of Paris.

Police officers searched the attacker's home after the shooting. "They were suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the first round of the presidential election on Sunday".

Candidates Emmanuel Macron, Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen called off their campaigning events on Friday, the BBC reports.

Police have swarmed on the iconic boulevard.

A police source said the shooting was very probably a "terrorist act", according to Reuters, while other reports suggested robbery may have been the motive.

French President Francois Hollande held an emergency meeting with the prime minister today and planned to convene the defence council tonight.

Police sources earlier told French media it appeared the incident was terror-related.

A policeman was killed on the Champs-Elysees this evening by a shooter who was then shot dead.

Soon after the Arabic language statement, the group sent one out in French, describing it as an attack "in the heart of Paris".

Like the attacks in late 2015 on the Bataclan Theatre and the 10th arrondissement restaurants, it appeared created to strike at the cultural heart of one of Europe's most important cities.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station, at the centre of the avenue popular with tourists.

Paris police used Twitter to ask people to stay away.

French police tweeted, "Police intervention underway in the area of the #ChampsElysees avoid the sector and follow the instructions of the police forces".

French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a auto and opened fire on a police vehicle. "Other policemen engaged and shot and killed the attacker", Brandet said. Champs Elysees boulevard was evacuated and guarded by police officers and police vehicles as authorities continue to investigate. A man got out and opened fire with a kalashnikov on a policeman.

At a news conference Thursday alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President Trump said, "Our condolences from our country to the people of France".

"We shall be of the utmost vigilance, especially in relation to the election", said President Hollande, who is not himself running for re-election. As you know, France has been under a state of emergency since 2015 November where there was a major terrorist attack.

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