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Paris Police Shooter Identified, ISIS Claims Responsibility

21 April 2017, 09:34 | Terri Saunders

Paris Police Shooter Identified, ISIS Claims Responsibility

Paris police say officer and attacker shot killed

The gunman wounded two police officers before being shot dead by security forces on the Champs Elysees.

The Frenchman was convicted in 2003 of attempted murder in the shooting of two police officers.

"The Prime Minister has tonight passed on her condolences to President Hollande".

President Francois Hollande said in an address that the attack as "terrorist in nature".

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM television that the terrorist stepped from a auto near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station and opened fire on a police vehicle.

The attack started around 9 p.m. local time in Paris, when a vehicle stopped next to a police vehicle stationed on the side of the road.

According to BFMTV news channel the killer had talked of wanting to kill police officers on the Telegram messaging service. Authorities said a man jumped out of auto and shot at a traffic police vehicle.

The French prosecutors' office said the counter-terrorism office had opened an inquiry.

The attacker had been flagged as an extremist, according to two police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the investigation.

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Islamic State rushed to claim responsibility for the attack, which left the policeman and the assailant dead and three others wounded, including a civilian.

During the campaign, Trump notably seized on terror attacks as evidence that his warnings about the dangers of "radical Islamic terrorism" were validated.

The Champs-Elysées, one of the busiest areas in the city, was in lockdown after the shooting, leaving Parisians and tourists alike trapped in restaurants and hotels. The Associated Press reported that on Friday French authorities searched a home believed tied to the attack.

Emergency vehicles blocked the wide avenue that cuts across central Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Garden, normally packed with cars and tourists.

Police had arrested two men on Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack. Subway stations were closed off.

As you know, France has been under a state of emergency since 2015 November where there was a major terrorist attack.

Cazeneuve compared the attack to recent incidents in Berlin, Stockholm and London, adding that the whole of Europe was facing a unique terrorist threat.

This weekend France heads into the first round of a closely contested four-person presidential race that could see the country elect populist far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, who's now trailing the moderate, EU-favored Emmanuel Macron.

"I heard shots and I went to see what it was".

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