At least one police officer, gunman dead in Paris attack

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

ISIS has said it was behind the shooting in Paris that left at least one police officer dead and two others gravely wounded in the heart of Paris.The assailant was shot dead by police in an exchange of gunfire on the Champs Elysees.

The attacker, who was not identified, was killed by officers returning fire after he aimed at police and fired multiple shots before 9:30 p.m. local time, The Guardian reported.

CNN reports that one of the officers has been killed, while the other was "seriously injured".

The Associated Press quoted police as saying the attack was possibly terror-related.

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

France's president Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances surrounding the attack on the police officers pointed to a terrorist act and has convened a National Defence and Security Council to meet on Friday morning.

Islamist militancy is a major issue in the polls after recent mass attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State, with 238 people killed in jihadist attacks since 2015, according to data from AFP news agency.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen took to Twitter to offer her sympathy for law enforcement officers "once again targeted".

Because of its worldwide renown and its large number of visitors, the Champs Elysees has always been seen as a potential target, the BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from the French capital.

The shooting shut down the famed Champs-Elysees, one of Paris' top tourist attractions and home to the iconic Arc de Triomphe monument.

The state of emergency was recently extended until the 2017 French elections are done on Sunday, May 7.

The world-famous avenue has been sealed off and nearby stations on the Paris Metro have been closed. "It just never ends".

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

Two men were arrested two days ago in Marseille who police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election.

None of the candidates immediately commented.

During a press conference held with the Italian prime minister, Trump said the shooting in Paris "looks like another terrorist attack", and sent condolences to France.

Other reports by VgToday

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