Islamic State claims Paris shooting, one policeman killed

21 Avril, 2017, 19:13 | Author: Come Portier

With some voters doubtful whether the 39-year-old former banker is experienced enough to be head of state, Macron appealed for cool heads.

Authorities said a man jumped out of auto and shot at a traffic police vehicle. The man "then ran away, managing to shoot and wound two other policemen".

A police arrest warrant issued earlier on Thursday, which was seen by Reuters after the attack, warned of a unsafe individual who had come into France by train from Belgium on Thursday. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Islamic State identified the attacker as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki through its Amaq news agency, according to SITE Intel Group, a US -based organization that monitors terrorists' activity online.

More than 230 people have been killed in Islamist militant attacks in France since January 2015.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told AP the gunman deliberately targeted police on guard near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station.

The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police auto on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives. "The policeman fell down". He said he hid behind a police vehicle after six shots from what sounded like a Kalashnikov, or AK, assault rifle. I have a two-year-old girl and I thought I was going to die ...

The attack came just three days before the first round of France's presidential election which has been marked by the resurgence of Marine Le Pen, the French National Front leader, who has campaigned heavily on the potential security threat posed by immigration.

In the aftermath of the attack, French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon cancelled a planned election campaign outing which was scheduled Friday which would anyhow has to end on Friday evening.

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Un individu peut-être lié, selon les autorités belges, à la fusillade survenue jeudi soir à Paris s'est rendu à la police belge. Le chauffard avait alors tiré sur les deux hommes, blessant l'un d'entre eux gravement au thorax.


Smarttraveller.gov.au has warned Australians travelling to France to "exercise a high degree of caution" following the attack. Two other officers were injured. And the Paris prosecutor said they were ready to carry out an imminent attack ahead of the elections.

Police officials say they are now searching at least one location in the eastern Paris suburbs in relation to the attack.

French President Francois Hollande, again forced to address the nation after an attack, promised "absolute vigilance, particularly with regard to the electoral process" and paid tribute to the police.

In between, there have been a series of smaller attacks, often targeting security forces.

Police near the scene of the shooting in Paris. Eleanor, you said this is three days before the presidential election.

A French government spokesman says the Paris assailant used a "war weapon" to fire on officers.

Police and soldiers sealed off the area after the attack, ordering tourists back into hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.

The gunman has been identified by police but they will not officially reveal his name until investigators determine whether he had accomplices, according to the Paris prosecutor.

The incident on the Champs-Elysees, Paris' iconic main avenue, occurred shortly before 9 pm, interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

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