Weapons Found In Car That Crashed Into Paris Police Van

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

The body was kept out of view under a tent, and later police were seen removing it, in a body bag on a stretcher.

Police forensic teams continued to work around the man's auto, which caught fire following an explosion inside, after it had rammed a van in a police convoy. A source close to the case said the 31-year-old had a firearms permit.

"This is being treated as a terrorist incident and is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism Command", said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.

Investigators found a cache of weapons at the home of the 31-year-old man who rammed his vehicle into a police van on the Champs Elysees avenue on Monday, a judicial source close to the investigation said.

No police officers or passers-by were hurt in the incident Monday afternoon, the Paris police department said.

In the Paris incident, eyewitnesses saw the man being pulled from the auto as it burned, and footage on the Daily Mail web site later showed an officer stripping clothes from the body. Closed metro station Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau.

They were visibly shocked when informed.

The attack Monday was the latest of a string in France and Britain.

"It's not safe now, not just in France but in Europe".

WJC President Ronald Lauder said in a statement Monday that the organization stands together with the people of London "in confronting another awful act of terror".

The Champs-Elysees avenue has been blocked after the intervention of police, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Champs-Elysees reopened overnight.

"We have a situation where a lot of individuals are radicalized in France, and it's very hard to prevent them", he said. But both agreed when the mother said, "unfortunately we are now used to this".

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"I'll go back to my hotel now", said Alexander Ferreira.

May met with representatives from a variety of faiths only hours after the incident early Monday.

Paris has been on heightened alert for terrorism since the November 2015 coordinated terror attack in Paris in which Islamic extremists killed 130 people. The culprit was killed, said the Ministry of internal Affairs of France.

France's interior minister says that a driver who rammed a auto carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue has died after the "attempted attack" on security forces.

"This shows once again that the threat level in France is extremely high", Collomb said. It's the second time this year that police have been targeted on Paris' most famous thoroughfare.

Khan says all these incidents are attacks on the city's shared values. The collision was a deliberate act'.

Police quickly declared the situation "under control" and a bomb squad responded to the scene after explosives and a gun were found inside the driver's vehicle.

Noemie Pfister, walking with her infant child and a friend, said she saw a vehicle fly past a column of police vans, then fishtail.

Morcilla, who was in Paris on vacation with his girlfriend, took video of the aftermath of the attack.

In one of the most controversial moves of his young presidency, Emmanuel Macron has advocated enshrining certain of the state emergency's special police powers into French law.

In London, the Metropolitan Police said the detained man was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but he was later charged with the "commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder".

In April, a man shot at police officers on the Champs-Elysees, killing one officer and wounding two others. But, it called Parisians to avoid the area which is cordoned off.

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