Trump Predicts Deadly Paris Shooting Will Have 'Big Effect' On French Election
Trump Predicts Deadly Paris Shooting Will Have 'Big Effect' On French Election
21 Abril, 2017, 20:21
A known extremist opened fire on police officers late Thursday on the Champs-Élysées boulevard in Paris, officials said. In July, an attacker in Nice drove a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing more than 80 people and injuring hundreds before he was fatally shot by police.
IS said the assault was the work of one of its "soldiers", a Belgian national identified only by the pseudonym Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki.
"It's too early to say how or whether he was connected to what happened on the Champs Elysees", ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.
Paris - France began picking itself up on Friday from another shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande calling together the government's security council.
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Sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2005, state television France 2 reported he had recently been picked up on suspicion of buying firearms, but was released due to lack of evidence. "Other policemen engaged and shot and killed the attacker".
French police said the attack was probably a "terrorist act" and dramatic video footage captured the moment police shot at the assailant, who later died.
One police officer was killed and two others seriously injured when a gunman with an automatic weapon opened fire.
The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police auto on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (local time) Thursday, prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.
Security has been especially high since Tuesday, when police said they thwarted a terror attack by arresting two men.
Paris attack likely terrorism: Hollande
French President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances of the attack in a country pointed to a terrorist act. ISIS has claimed it was behind the shooting and named the attacker as Abu Yusuf al Beljiki, suggesting he was a Belgian.
Police vehicles barricaded a local avenue and subway stations were sealed off.
The far-right presidential candidate in France, Marine Le Pen, has condemned what she calls security lapses, as the nation prepares to vote in the shadow of a terror attack. He is believed to have deliberately targeted police officers.
And that there was a concern that an attack was being planned to coincide with the French election.
France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when more than 130 people were killed in a single night by coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris.
Former conservative Prime Minister François Fillon said the next president's priority should be fighting "Islamist totalitarianism".
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