Attacker rams police van in popular Paris shopping district

Attacker rams police van in popular Paris shopping district

A man carrying guns and explosives died when he rammed a vehicle into a police van Monday on Paris' famed Champs-Élysées in what officials characterize as a deliberate attack. The man died even though police were able to extricate him from the burning auto.

Collomb said the driver, who was carrying several weapons and ammunition in his auto, had been killed.

Last month a police officer was killed and two seriously injured following a shooting at the Champs-Elysees.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called it an "attempted attack" and said it "shows once again that the threat level in France is extremely high". The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an anti-terror investigation into the incident, Brandet said. French officials, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the incident was a suspected attack on police. But both agree that, as Victoria says, "Unfortunately, we now are used to this".

The Champs-Elysees avenue has been blocked after the intervention of police, Xinhua news agency reported.

Two police officials said that a handgun was found on the driver, who they said was badly burned after the vehicle exploded.

"The show must go on", her daughter says in English.




It imposed emergency security rules in the wake of the 2015 attacks which killed 130 people.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the incident was apparently deliberate.

Authorities say a driver has rammed his auto into a police vehicle in the Champs-Elysees shopping district.

They identified the man as from Argenteuil, and said he had an "S" file, which means authorities had been aware of potential links to extremism.

About 20 police vans and several armed police surrounded a man on the ground.

Police cordoned off a large part of the Champs-Elysees after the incident, warning people to avoid the area.

A subway station in the area is closed.

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