A police officer has been killed and two extra severely injured in a shootout with an ISIS gunman on the Champs Elysees boulevard in central Paris, the French Interior Ministry has reported.
The lone gunman opened fireplace with an computerized weapon at a stationary police car parked on Paris’s iconic boulevard on Thursday night.
ISIS (Islamic State) has claimed duty for the assault.
The Champs Elysees has been sealed off.
Security forces opened fireplace and killed the terrorist as he fled the scene.
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Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS, ISIL) has claimed duty for the assault, AFP reported, citing the media company Amaq, which is affiliated with the terrorist group. It additionally named Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki as the person behind the assault.
The taking pictures happened on the central boulevard of Champs Elysees.
The French Interior Ministry confirmed in a Twitter publish that the attacker focused a police bus parked on the boulevard.
The gunman who killed the police officer was already recognized to regulation enforcement companies, police confirmed with out revealing the id of the attacker.
Addressing the nation following a disaster assembly on the presidential palace, French President Francois Hollande mentioned that each one leads point out that the assault was of a “terrorist nature.”
Hollande assured the general public that “we will probably be completely vigilant” in the course of the upcoming presidential election.
He introduced that a safety council will convene for a gathering at 8am on Friday, including that “a nationwide tribute” can be paid to the slain police officer.
Numerous regulation enforcement have been deployed to the scene. A helicopter has been seen flying at a low altitude over central Paris. The native police division requested the individuals to “keep away from the Champs Elysees district” and observe police directions.
The assault was “very in all probability” a “terrorist act,” with two attackers apparently concerned, Reuters reported, citing police supply.
The French counter-terrorism workplace has opened an investigation into the incident, the Paris Prosecutor’s Office mentioned. In the meantime, Reuters stories that the police raided the condo of the attacker killed within the shootout, which is situated to the east from Paris.
A bomb disposal staff has been known as in to examine the car of the assailant, the Interior Ministry mentioned.
The shootout happened round 21:00 (native time) close to the Franklin D. Roosevelt metro station within the eighth district of the French capital, the French RTL TV channel stories.
In the meantime, Reuters stories, citing police sources, that pictures have been fired at one other location close to the Champs Elysees boulevard.
The incident comes simply days forward of the primary spherical of the French presidential elections, which is scheduled for April 23.
US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the French individuals over the incident, which he described as a “very, very horrible factor.”
“Our condolences to our nation and the individuals of France… It appears like one other terror assault,” the US president mentioned throughout a joint press convention with the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. “What are you able to say? It simply by no means ends,” he added.
French presidential candidates additionally expressed their condolences over the incident.
Francois Fillon, a candidate from the Republicans, paid “homage to the safety forces, who give their lives to guard ours.”