What is known about the attack that occurred on the Champs-Elysées in Paris
|| Le Monde Paris
“Only three days of (before) the presidential election, a policeman was killed and two others seriously injured in a shooting, Thursday, April 20 around 21 hours on the famous Champs-Elysees in Paris .
A board defense should hold around the head of state Friday at 8 pm and investigators are continuing their investigations. Update on the circumstances of the attack.
An assailant shot Thursday night at police stationed in a vehicle “static surveillance” on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. These are officers from the 32 th Response Company management of public order and traffic of the Prefecture Police of Paris (DOPC) that were targeted.
One of them was killed and two others wounded. The assailant was shot by a firing response. According to the spokesman of the Interior Ministry, Pierre-Henry Brandet, the attacker has used an “automatic weapon” , a “weapon of war” , he said.
//From Google (adjusted) translation of original French. /CJ
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‘IS’ claims deadly police shooting on Paris’ Champs-Elysees
|| Deutsche Welle
“A policeman has been killed on Paris’ Champs-Elysees in what President Francois Hollande has described as a terrorist incident. The so-called “Islamic State” has claimed responsibility. The assailant has been killed.
The so-called “Islamic State” (IS) jihadist group claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack on Paris’ bustling Champs-Elysees in which a police officer was shot and killed. At least two other officers were seriously wounded.
While authorities did not confirm any links between IS and the assailant, President Francois Hollande said at a press briefing that he was convinced the incident pointed to a terrorist attack.
The assailant was neutralized by other police officers in the vicinity. Reports suggest that he was known to security services and had previously been flagged as an extremist.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said investigators had verified the identity of the 39-year-old shooter and raided the suspect’s home in the eastern suburb of Paris. The identity was not released.
Earlier reports suggested that at least one other attacker was complicit in the assault. However, eye witness accounts seemed to counter these claims. Prosecutors said they are trying to determine whether the assailant had any accomplices.
France has been under a state of emergency since 2015 after a spate of Islamist militant attacks that have killed more than 230 people in the country in the past two years.
Attacker’s history of attempted murder against officers
The unnamed assailant, who was known to authorities before Thursday’s attack, had previously been the focus of an anti-terror probe, sources close to the investigation said. The assailant was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill officers but was released due to a lack of evidence.
In 2005, he was convicted on three counts of attempted murder, two of which were against police officers. The charges dated back to 2001, when the attacker was fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle. Armed, he shot and wounded both officers before being apprehended and placed in custody.
While incarcerated, he also seriously injured another officer who was escorting him from his cell, grabbing his gun and firing several times.
‘IS’ claims responsibility
Amaq, the propaganda agency affiliated with the so-called “Islamic State,” said the jihadist group had claimed responsibility for the shooting and that the gunman was a member of the group. However, the claim from IS came uncharacteristically quickly following the attack. French intelligence has not yet confirmed any connection between the attacker and the jihadist group.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press news agency that the neutralized attacker had deliberately targeted police officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station at the center of the avenue.”
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