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Police officer killed, another wounded in Paris shooting

Published Apr 21, 2017 12:55am


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Police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. —AP
Police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. —AP
Police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. —AP
Police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. —AP

Paris police say a gunman has killed a police officer and wounded another before being killed himself in an attack on the Champs-Elysees shopping district.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists.

The attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France's tense presidential election. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack.

The incident recalled two recent attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris, one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting and saw a man's body on the ground before police quickly evacuated the area where she works in a shop.

A French television station hosting a televised event with the 11 candidates running for president briefly interrupted its broadcast to report the shootings.

None of the candidates immediately commented.


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Comments (9) Closed

Muhammad zahid Apr 21, 2017 12:59am

Let everyone be safe

M. Emad Apr 21, 2017 01:33am

Paris incident could influence France's presidential election next week.

helloWorld Apr 21, 2017 02:14am

Internal law and order problem not terrorism.

Alba Apr 21, 2017 03:49am

Algerians have been in France for over 80 years but relations in France with Muslims have not been this bad since the Algerian War.

Tamilselvan Apr 21, 2017 06:26am

These gunmen are not true muslims and Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and forgiveness. RIP and our heart bleeds for the victims etc. Standard comments we would hear after every killing by terrorists.

Javed khan Apr 21, 2017 06:46am

I hope LePen is elected to stop this violence.

Sana Apr 21, 2017 06:49am

IS claimed responsibility and also discussed name of terrorist, indicating they had direct contact with him shame on cowards who live in western countries that house them, feed them and then turn on the same country height of cowardice

twonation Apr 21, 2017 09:44am

@helloWorld too quick to defend .

John Apr 21, 2017 10:13am

@helloWorld - "Internal law and order problem not terrorism."

How can you be so sure even before the investigations? Did little bird whisper in your ear?