Trump says shooting in Paris looks like 'terrorist attack'

21 Avril, 2017, 18:20 | Author: Cyril Hebras
  • Police officer killed in Champs Elysees shooting in Paris

A man who killed a police officer on the Champs-Elysees Thursday night was known to French security services for radical Islamist activities and had shot and wounded an officer in the past, a source close to the investigation told CNN. "It is a very, very bad thing that's going on in the world today, but it looks like another terrorist attack". The two top finishers in Sunday's election will advance to a runoff on May 7.

Paris resident Daoud Kal, 29, said he was walking in the area near a metro station when he heard four to five shots.

Badi Ftaiti, a Tunisian-born mason who has spent three decades in Paris, said the attack that officials say left one police officer dead and another wounded didn't panic him.

But the 55-year-old said visitors to the city "were running, running... There were tens, maybe even hundreds of them".

Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. "We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant".

Paris police and soldiers have sealed off the area around the Champs-Elysees after an attack on police, ordering tourists back into their hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.

Emergency vehicles blocked the wide avenue lined with shops that cuts across central Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens, normally packed with cars and tourists.

A man emerged from the auto and opened fire on the van with an "automatic weapon", killing one officer instantly, he said.

Translated the tweet from Parisian police says "Police intervention underway in the area of the #ChampsElysees avoid the sector and follow the instructions of the police forces".

One officer was killed and another was wounded. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

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Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station.

He said it was too early to say whether the attacker might have had an accomplice, and said authorities were studying multiple potential motives.

There have been concerns about possible attacks in the region over the coming days as the country prepares to vote in its Presidential election this weekend.

President Donald Trump, speaking at a news conference in Washington with the visiting Italian Prime Minister, offered condolences to the people of France after the shooting in Paris, saying it "looks like another terrorist attack".

He had been convicted in 2005 of three counts of attempted murder, with two of these against police officers, sources said.

Earlier this week, in a separate incident, French authorities arrested two men in Marseille, saying they were suspected of planning an "imminent" attack ahead of the election and were found in possession of an arsenal of weapons.

A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a vehicle at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun.Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area.

In February, a man armed with a machete in each hand attacked soldiers on patrol at Paris's Louvre Museum. A French television station hosting an event with the 11 candidates running for president briefly interrupted its broadcast to report the shootings.

None of the candidates immediately commented.

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