ISIS claims responsibility for Paris attack

21 Avril, 2017, 03:17 | Author: Claudine Rigal

The attacker opened fire on a police vehicle parked on the Champs-Elysees before he was also shot dead, the French Interior Ministry said.

The Reuters news agency, citing a police source, reported that one officer was killed and another wounded, and that a gunman was also killed.

On July 26, 2016, two armed men cut a priest's throat and told others hostage in a church in Normandy during mass. Police killed the attackers, who ISIS claimed as followers.

But local police said the shooting was "very probably a terrorist act" and advised people to avoid the area.

A police helicopter was seen flying low over the area.

Security forces are more widespread in Paris since deadly Islamic extremist attacks in recent years, and France remains under a state of emergency.

The shooting, which occured just three days before the most tightly contested presidential election in living memory is being investigated by the counter-terrorism office.

A auto pulled up alongside a police bus just before 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and a man got out, opening fire with an automatic weapon at the bus, Mr Brandet said.

US President Donald Trump, speaking at a press conference in Washington, said the incident "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent his condolences to France.

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He said: "I thought they were firecrackers".

"What can you say?"

Police said the officer who was killed was in a auto which had been stopped at a red light by the attacker. Earlier this week, police in Marseille arrested two men who were allegedly plotting an attack before the election, per Reuters. "It never ends", the President said.

A massive police presence remained at the Champs Elysees long after the attacks.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from the Champs Elysees that the avenue "has been completely cordoned off".

At one end is the Arc de Triomphe, surrounded by a several-lane-wide roundabout, and the other end stops at the Place de la Concorde, known for its obelisk monument.

"We're three days before a presidential election", Eleanor says.

The shooting occurred in the middle of a televised campaign event, when each of the 11 current candidates was given 15 minutes to sell voters on their respective platforms. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen took to Twitter to offer her sympathy for law enforcement officers "once again targeted". The two top contenders will advance to a runoff on May 7.

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