Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Car rams police vehicle on famed Paris avenue; attacker dies

Police inspect the body of a suspect at the scene of an incident in which a car rammed a gendarmerie van on the Champs Elysees in Paris France Car rams police vehicle on famed Paris avenue; attacker dies
Kelvin Reese | 20 June, 2017, 01:42

Security forces in Paris are on high alert after a man rammed a auto into a police van on Monday at around 3:40 p.m. local time on the iconic Champs-Élysées. He said they were in London shortly after the recent big attack there. The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an anti-terror investigation into Monday's incident.

A man could be seen lying on his stomach on the ground immediately after the incident, wearing a white shirt and dark shorts.

Police sources told AFP that they found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two handguns as well as a gas bottle on the auto.

Chrystel says, "We were better off inside than outside".

Leonard Odihe said he saw officers break into the auto, pull the man out and throw two weapons on the ground, "a big pistol and another big arm like the weapons police carry".

The weapons and explosives found in the vehicle "could potentially blow this auto up", he said.

In late April, before the first round of voting in France's presidential elections, there was a similar incident on the Champs Elysées, when a gunman opened fire on French police parked on the street, killing one and wounding two.

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A senior police officer and his girlfriend were both killed by a radicalised man at their home in the Paris suburbs a year ago.

"The show must go on", her daughter says in English.

Mr Brandet said bomb squads were still securing the scene. He said the attacker appeared to have acted deliberately. French officials, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the incident was a suspected attack on police.

It is unclear the attacker has been killed or why he drove into the police Monday.

The police department tweeted the warning Monday without providing further details.

A subway station in the area is closed.

France remains in a state of emergency and on high alert over possible terrorist attacks due to its military intervention in Syria, Iraq and the Sahel region.

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