Paris police: Attacker probably dead
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 0:00
FRENCH cops dramatically killed an armed suspect in the iconic Champs-Elysees avenue after he rammed a vehicle filled with guns and a gas bomb into a police van.
He said the attacker appeared to have acted deliberately.
A white auto is standing in the middle of the empty avenue with one door open and sniffer dogs have been sent in, the BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.
The incident came just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, popular with both locals and tourists.
A bomb disposal police officer checks a vehicle in a sealed off area on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, June 19, 2017.
An attacker defending ISIS fatally shot a police officer on the Champs-Elysees in April, days before a presidential election, prompting an extensive security operation. "The threat is extremely high", Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb told reporters.
"Once again, French police were targeted with this attempted terror attack on the Champs-Elysées", Collomb said.
Police said a gas bomb had caused the explosion, which could be heard up to half a mile away around the Louvre museum.
A man has died after after attempting to carry out an attack on French security forces on Paris' Champs-Elysees.
The Paris prosecutor's counterterrorism unit said an investigation had been opened into the incident, which happened only a short walk from the Elysee presidential palace and the U.S. embassy.
French national police had tweeted that no one was injured in the incident. Favereau wrote that the gendarmes smashed open the windows of the auto while it was in flames and dragged out its occupant.
Police initially told the public to avoid the area following the incident which led armed security personnel to descend on the area.