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Paris attack likely terrorism: Hollande

Irune Rengel | 21 Abril, 2017, 20:21

ISIS has claimed it was behind the shooting and named the attacker as Abu Yusuf al Beljiki, suggesting he was a Belgian.

BFMTV reported that the killer was known to security administrations and had talked about killing police officers on message boards. A witness told Reuters that the attacker opened fire with a machine gun. The French interior ministry says the officers were shot by a man as they sat in a police van on the Champs-Elysees, the famous boulevard in the center of Paris.

"Barbarity and cowardice struck Paris last night", he said as he appealed for national unity and for people "not to succumb to fear".

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station on Thursday night at the centre of the avenue popular with tourists.

Police have detained for questioning three of his family members, as investigators seek to determine whether he was acting alone and where he got his weapons.

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A second suspect has turned himself in to the Belgian police, AFP reports.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM television that the terrorist stepped from a auto near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station and opened fire on a police vehicle.

The Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said both of the officers who were injured are doing better. "We don't know yet what his motivations were".

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, US President Donald Trump was in no doubt, saying: "It looks like another terrorist attack". Again, it is happening, it seems. "I just saw it as I was walking in".

"Another terrorist attack in Paris". What can you say? "It never ends", the President said.

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Speaking during a televised debate around the time of Thursday's attack, Fillon said there was "no room for pursuing today or tomorrow an electoral campaign because first of all we have to demonstrate our solidarity with the police officers".

French President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances of the attack in a country pointed to a terrorist act. The state of emergency in France is extended and extra protection, including robust barriers to prevent similar attacks, is put in place at major sites in France.

In February, a man armed with a machete in each hand attacked soldiers on patrol at Paris's Louvre Museum.

Earlier this week French authorities arrested two men in Marseille who were allegedly planning an attack in a run-up to the election. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Forensic experts investigate the crime scene after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Friday, April 21, 2017.

The leader of the far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, has campaigned heavily on an anti-immigrant platform and what she has couched as the need to defend France from "Islamist globalization". She cancelled a minor campaign stop, but scheduled another.

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At least 87 people were killed - including women and children - in the assault on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun last Tuesday. Visit would have marked the first meeting between a British and a Russian foreign minister since 2012.

President Francois Hollande, who is not running for re-election, said he had called for an emergency meeting of security, defence and intelligence officials for Friday.

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