Man dies after ramming vehicle carrying explosives into police convoy in Paris
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 19:52
A 31-year-old man on a jihadist watchlist rammed a auto loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) but inflicted no casualties, in the latest of a string of attacks in Paris, sources said.The assailant died in the incident, although investigators offered no immediate details about the cause.
A vehicle loaded with gas canisters rammed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Monday, leaving the driver dead in what the interior minister said was an attempted attack. France's anti-terror prosecution service has launched an investigation into the attack.
The alleged assailant chased down the leading vehicle of a police squadron in a small white car and, according to CNN, the car contained so many explosives that the car burst into flames shortly after the collision.
A spokesperson for the French Interior Ministry said an anti-terror investigation has been launched by the Paris Prosecutor's Office.
The armed driver deliberately plowed into the police vehicle, authorities said, and he later died.
Additional police were deployed near mosques in London and other cities following the attack.
"You could tell when you saw them in the street that they were very religious", he said.
An attacker defending Islamic State shot and killed a police officer on the Champs-Elysees in April, days before a presidential election, prompting an extensive security operation.
France is still under a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris. The government will discuss extending the measure through November 1 at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday. According to the interior minister, it is important to preserve the state of emergency now in effect in France to be able to successfully counter terrorists.
The auto, a white Renault Mégane, has been immobilized, police said, and no one was injured. Dzaziri was killed during the incident, although it was not immediately clear how he died. The man was from a suburb in Paris and had been previusly flagged for extremism, French police said.
Tourists strolling France's most famous avenue watched on in horror as the vehicle burst into flames before police grabbed the driver, pulling him out.
France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
However, several more attacks have occurred since, with the bloodiest on Bastille Day previous year in Nice where a man drove his truck into a crowd, killing 86 people.
Police warned the public to stay away from the Champs-Elysees, a popular tourist attraction.
A nearby subway station in the area was shut down.