One police officer killed, another wounded in Paris shooting

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

Two police officials said the attacker had been flagged as an extremist.

In Paris, three police officers have been shot days before the French presidential election. It is said to be the sixth terror strike on the French capital in three years.

"We are suffering the consequences of a laxity that has continued for years", she said shortly before the shooting, promising to take a hard line against extremists and anyone suspected of being an Islamist.

The Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) terrorist group, banned in Russian Federation and numerous other states, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. Exactly what you said - a vehicle pulled up on the Champs-Elysees. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the shooting. The ISIS claim comes via a statement released by the group's media wing, Amaq. The statement said the attacker is a Belgian national.

CNN could not independently confirm that claim.

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

And on November 13, 2015, ISIS terrorists killed 130 people in suicide bomb and shooting attacks in central Paris and in the suburb of Saint-Denis.

The shooting has not officially been declared a terrorist act but anti-terrorist forces are leading the investigation, French President Francois Hollande said. More people were killed in a subsequent attack on a kosher market in eastern Paris, bringing the total to 17 victims, including two police officers.

"An automatic weapon was used against police, a weapon of war", French interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters, adding that the "terrorist threat" in France remains high.

Officers searched the home of the dead attacker in a town east of Paris, a police source said. The man "then ran away, managing to shoot and wound two other policemen".

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"My thoughts go with the policeman who was killed, to his colleagues, who are hurt".

"They were running, running", said 55-year-old Badi Ftaïti, who lives in the area. One of the officers died on the scene. A tourist was also slightly injured.

Police officers guarding a metro station in the centre of the Champs Elysees shopping district were gunned down about 9pm Thursday Paris time (5am Friday AEST), when the area was busy with people visiting restaurants and bars. The avenue was clear of residents and tourists but teeming with security officers Thursday night.

France has been in a state of emergency since the 2015 Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead. The vote is on Sunday, and today is the last day of campaigning, and everyone has called it off to, you know, hold.

Observers had long feared bloodshed ahead of Sunday's vote in France following a string of atrocities since 2015 and the violence is likely to thrust security to the front of voters' minds.

A few days ago, authorities arrested two men in Marseille for planning an attack before the election. Police officers were said to have been "deliberately targeted" by a man armed "with a Kalashnikov", or AK-47. What can you say. He looked around, but couldn't identify where the shots were coming from. Well, as you said I'm standing on the Champs-Elysees, which is completely in lockdown.

The CNN Paris bureau is on this street and staffers reported hearing a dozen shots.

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.

At a news conference Thursday alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President Trump said, "Our condolences from our country to the people of France". At one end is the Arc de Triomphe, surrounded by a several-lane-wide roundabout, and the other end stops at the Place de la Concorde, known for its obelisk monument.

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