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Paris shooting: Two police officers dead, another injured near Champs Elysee

21 Avril 2017

Paris: One police officer was killed and two others wounded Thursday in a shooting on Paris's famed Champs Elysees, just days ahead of France's presidential election, police said.

A gunman with an automatic weapon was shot dead in the attack.

A second officer was reportedly injured in what police said was an attack that deliberately targeted police.

Reuters quoted a police source who said there were two assailants. "One or more perpetrators were taken down by our colleagues, there was a cross fire".

The Paris prosecutor's office said counterterrorism investigators are involved in the probe of Thursday's attack.

Police have confirmed they are now searching the attacker's home.

SITE Intel, a US -based organization that monitors worldwide terror groups reported ISIS' claims of responsibility for the attaack that came came days before the first round of the French presidential election. Belgian authorities said they had no information about the suspect.

French President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances of the attack in a country pointed to a terrorist act.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says that police officers killed the attacker.

Reports say the shooter pulled up in a auto next to the officers and opened fire, before trying to flee.

Brandit said it is too early to know if the gunman had an accomplice.

The slain officer was 30 years old, Molin said.

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One policeman was killed and two were injured. A female foreign tourist also was wounded, Molins said.

EARLIER @ 5.50AM: One policeman has been killed and another wounded after a shooting in the central Paris this morning. The avenue was clear of residents and tourists but teeming with security officers Thursday night.

France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of terror alert, with jihadist-inspired assaults killing more than 230 people in recent years. Parliament voted in December to extend the extraordinary provisions to ensure the protection of upcoming presidential and general elections. Just two days ago French authorities arrested two men in Marseille who were allegedly planning an attack in a run-up to the election.

The bustling shopping street in the heart of the city was blocked by armed officers and nearby metro stations closed.

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He looked around, but couldn't identify where the shots were coming from. People panicked and ran away from the scene and he joined them.

Many police vehicles could be seen on the avenue that passes numerous city's most iconic landmarks.

Officers could be seen forcibly removing innocent citizens from the area as they attempted to get them to safety.

Speaking in Washington during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, U.S. President Donald Trump said the shooting in Paris "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent condolences to France.

The Champs-Elysees is a main road lined with restaurants, cafes, exclusive designer boutiques and tourist shops.

At one end is the Arc de Triomphe, surrounded by a several-lane-wide roundabout, and the other end stops at the Place de la Concorde, known for its unique obelisk monument. #ChampsElysees has been closed.

Police are warning people to avoid the area and the surrounding streets have been cordoned off. French politicians immediately spoke out on social media.

Paris shooting: Two police officers dead, another injured near Champs Elysee