Gunshots were reported Thursday evening, around 9pm, on the Champs-Elysees, three policemen were hit, one of them died. The attacker was shot. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State.
Gunshots were fired on Thursday night on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Police were targeted by gunfire around 9pm. A policeman was killed and two others wounded, said the Interior Ministry. A tourist was also slightly injured.
The assailant was “shot in response”, the ministry said. A judicial source confirmed the death of the assailant. The police department said that the circumstances of the attack were “not determined” .
The terrorism prosecutor to investigate
The anti-terrorist section of the Paris prosecutor is ready to investigate. The attack also was claimed by the Islamic State (or Daech) through its propaganda agency.
“To know what the motivations and what motivated this individual to act, it is much too early to say but, in any case, these policemen were deliberately targeted,” said Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, on BFM TV.
“The attacker drove up, got out. He opened fire on the car of an automatic weapon at police, killing one officer and tried to attack the other power “, reported a police source said, according to AFP.