Paris police attack kills 1 officer; assailant killed
Paris police attack kills 1 officer; assailant killed
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21 Abril, 2017, 21:39
A police officer has been killed and two others injured in a suspected terrorist shooting in the centre of Paris. After killing the officer and injuring two of his colleagues just a few hundred meters from the Arc de Triomphe, the gunman was shot dead in return fire.
A second suspect who might have been involved in the incident may still be on the loose, authorities said.
ISIS issued a statement saying an Islamic State "fighter" carried out the attack.
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Rival François Fillon calls for unity and says France is "at war" against terror. It was unclear if that man was the attacker or linked to the shooting. The country is still feeling the effects of a series of deadly Islamic terrorist attacks over the past two years that killed more than 200 people.
The attacker was reportedly from the town of Chelles, highlighted in red above.
People on the French security services' watch list for radicalization should also be expelled from France and have their French citizenship revoked, she said.
"In times such as these we have to demonstrate that France is united", he said. We are at war.
More recently, French soldiers were targeted in two separate attacks in February and March as they helped to provide security at the Louvre museum and Orly airport.
Authorities are trying to determine whether "one or more people" might have helped the attacker, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said at the scene of the shooting. A man emerged from the vehicle and opened fire on the police van with an "automatic weapon", he said. The man "then ran away, managing to shoot and wound two other policemen". A female foreign tourist also was wounded, Mr Molins said. Additionally, the possibility of a second attack location hints at a potentially coordinated terrorist attack.
A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police van at around 9:00 pm on Thursday. Security has been especially high since Tuesday, when police said they thwarted a terror attack by arresting two men.
The anti-terrorism section of the Paris public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the attack, while French president Francois Hollande said the shooting was "terrorist in nature". Again, it is happening, it seems. What can you say? "I am ready", said independent candidate Emmanuel Macron, while radical left Jean-Luc Melenchon promised that "criminals will never remain unpunished and their accomplices will never be forgotten".
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French police hunting second suspect after Paris attack
The Paris prosecutor's office said the incident was being probed and that the investigation involved counterterrorism officials. Police check passersby near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting which left one officer dead and two wounded.