Auto rams police vehicle on famed Paris avenue; attacker dies

Dianna Christensen
June 20, 2017

The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an anti-terror investigation into Monday's incident. The minister used the occasion to explain the continued need for a state of emergency, in place since 2015, and plans to extend it until November 1, to be presented at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

"They got out of a police truck and tried to break the glass and take the man out, they shot and threw tear gas and they took him out by force...", he said. Police removed the body from a tent set up on the side of the avenue.

This was the fifth time in the past four months that French police have been targeted in Paris. Officials in Paris have confirmed firstly the man was on a low-profile watch-list and has died in the collision. She wasn't sure if she saw it ram into one of the vehicles because it happened so quickly, but she can't forget the smoke and flames.

There were no injuries or casualties among police officers or passers-bys. "I thought in my mind of an attack".

About 20 police vans and several armed police surrounded a man on the ground. Collomb also said the suspect is now dead.

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Police tell The Associated Press that the suspect is from a suburb of Paris and had been "flagged for links to extremism".

Bomb squad officers are at the scene on the city's most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists.

Asked how much, French interior minister Gerard Collomb said, "Enough to allow him to blow up this auto".

In late April, before the first round of voting in France's presidential elections, there was a similar incident on the Champs Elysées, when a gunman opened fire on French police parked on the street, killing one and wounding two.

No police or bystanders were injured in the incident on the Champs-Elysees, where a jihadist shot dead a policeman two months ago. Consequently, the officials are treating the incident a terrorist attack.

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