Paris Police Targeted Again In Suspected Terror Attack
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 22:05
On Monday, witnesses saw the man being pulled from the auto as thick yellow smoke poured out.
Mr Brandet said bomb squads were still securing the scene.
A driver rammed his auto into a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees.
A judicial source said that attacker, whom officials said was a doctoral student who had shown no previous signs of radicalisation, had made a video swearing allegiance to Islamic State.
Authorities quickly sealed off the world-famous Champs-Elysees avenue after a 31-year-old man on a terror watchlist rammed a vehicle loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police.
An armed man who deliberately rammed his auto into a police van in Paris on Monday afternoon has been taken down by officers and is dead, French authorities said.
The incident is the second this year on the city's most famous avenue. At least 84 people died in a truck attack on a crowd in Nice a year ago and similar incidents have occurred in London and Berlin. In an interview with CNN, Morcilla said he saw police shoot, use tear gas and try to break the glass and take the attacker out.
Police did not fire a single shot at the scene, but officials confirmed that the driver, who had been flagged for extremism, was badly burned and died.
Four suspects were detained overnight in the anti-terrorism probe into Monday's attack, the Paris prosecutor's office announced.
Since the large-scale Paris attacks in November 2015 and last year's Nice truck attack, France has seen a string of smaller assaults targeting security forces.
The police and the army have consistently been attacked by extremists in France. On April 20, a few days before the first round of the French presidential elections, police officers were attacked, with one dead and another one injured as the result.
The suspect is wearing a white shirt and dark shorts and prone on his stomach on the avenue.
"The security forces have been targeted in France once again", he said.
French police cordoned off Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees avenue on Monday afternoon and warned people not to approach the area. Two subway station in the area were 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.