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Police officer killed, two wounded in Paris shooting

By Julien Pretot and Emmanuel Jarry

REUTERS

 

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An armed soldier secures a side road near the Champs Elysees Avenue after shooting incident in Paris, France, April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

 

PARIS (Reuters) - A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in a shooting in central Paris on Thursday night before the gunman himself was killed by officers, police and the Interior Ministry said.

 

The Islamic State group claimed the shooting, days before French presidential elections, via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif the Belgian. President Francois Hollande said he was convinced it was a terrorist attack.

 

A second suspect who might have been involved in the incident on the Champs Elysees shopping boulevard may still be on the loose, authorities said.

 

The famous wide street that leads away from the Arc de Triomphe that had earlier been crowded with Parisians and tourists enjoying a spring evening remained closed off hours after the incident.

 

France has lived under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks, mostly perpetrated by young men who grew up in France and Belgium, and that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years.

 

Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said it was too early to say what the motive of the attack was, but that it was clear the police officers had been deliberately targeted.

 

"A little after 9 PM a vehicle stopped alongside a police car which was parked. Immediately a man got out and fired on the police vehicle, mortally wounding a police officer," Brandet said.

 

Officers at the scene said they were searching for a potential second assailant, and Brandet said it could not be ruled out that there was another or others involved.

 

Officers also conducted a search at the home in eastern Paris of the dead attacker.

 

"I came out of the Sephora shop and I was walking along the pavement.... A man got out of a car and opened fire with a kalashnikov on a policeman," witness Chelloug, a kitchen assistant, told Reuters.

 

"The policeman fell down. I heard six shots, I was afraid. I have a two year-old girl and I thought I was going to die... He shot straight at the police officer."

 

POLICE CLEAR THE AREA

 

Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area.

 

TV footage showed the Arc de Triomphe monument and the top half of the Champs Elysees packed with police vans, lights flashing and heavily armed police shutting the area down after what was described by one journalist as a major exchange of fire near a Marks and Spencers store.

 

The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in living memory.

 

"We shall be of the utmost vigilance, especially in relation to the election," said President Francois Hollande, who is not himself running for re-election.

 

Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille who police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election.

 

That incident brought issues of security and immigration back to the forefront of the campaign, with the anti-immigration National Front leader Marine Le Pen repeating her call for Europe's partly open borders to be closed.

 

A machine gun, two hand guns and three kilos of TATP explosive were among the weapons found at a flat in the southern city along with jihadist propaganda materials according to the Paris prosecutor.

 

Candidates in the election said they had been warned about the Marseille attackers. Francois Fillon, who is the conservative candidate, said he would cancel the campaign events he had been planning for Friday.

 

In November, 2015, Paris was rocked by near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites, in which 130 people died and 368 were wounded. Islamic State claimed responsibility. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three others were French.

 

(Reporting by Richard Balmforth; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Leigh Thomas and Andrew Callus, Ralph Boulton)

 
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I think they should do an open study as to why Islam attracts 'mentally disturbed' people than anything else on the planet. 

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7 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

I think they should do an open study as to why Islam attracts 'mentally disturbed' people than anything else on the planet. 

If they (who is they, btw?) do that, they should also investigate White Christian extremists in the same dragnet.  

 

Kudos to French law enforcement, who are some of the best cops anywhere, for quickly finding the abode of the murderer and the cache of weapons.   

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Islamic State claims Paris shooting, one policeman killed /REUTERS

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This atrocity probably helps Le Pen.

 

Of course ISIS want to see European destabilization as does Putin.

 

It only took one gunman to trigger WW1

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6 hours ago, boomerangutang said:

If they (who is they, btw?) do that, they should also investigate White Christian extremists in the same dragnet.  

 

Kudos to French law enforcement, who are some of the best cops anywhere, for quickly finding the abode of the murderer and the cache of weapons.   

 

On what research / statistics and information do you base your assertion about "French law enforcement" being some of the best cops anywhere?

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3 hours ago, Grouse said:

This atrocity probably helps Le Pen.

 

Of course ISIS want to see European destabilization as does Putin.

 

It only took one gunman to trigger WW1

 

I'm sure ISIS want to see more than the destabilization of Europe. Destruction of existing cultures to be replaced by Islamic republics is probably nearer the vision.

 

However, you, like so many supporters of the current political plutocracies, want to pretend that electing anyone whose views aren't approved of will lead to "destabilization". When in reality it will lead to change and transformation which many do find uncomfortable before the storming and reforming become normal and perform.

 

This vote for no change and avoid any uncomfortable experience is only good for those who have no problem with the way things are, with politicians who don't listen, look after themselves first, lie and seek to rule rather than serve.

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It is the "religion of peace", because when you get killed in a shooting or suicide bombing, you rest in "peace".

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According to the news ( UK at 10pm ) the guy had been arrested before for shooting at police.

Why on earth was he back out on the streets?

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