Police Officer, Kalashinikov-Yielding Shooter Killed In Paris "Terrorist" Attack; ISIS Claims Responsibility

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Summary:

  • One police officer has been killed in a shooting on the Champs Elysees in Paris
  • The shooting suspect, who was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, has been shot dea
  • An arrest warrant has been issued for the second suspect who arrived from Belgium by train
  • One shooter has been identified as 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi (aka Abu Yusuf al-Baljik) who was living in a suburb east of Paris
  • ISIS has claimed the attack and has identified the attacker as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki
  • A 'War weapon' was used in attack
  • Central Paris remains on in lockdown
  • Attack comes three days before presidential election

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Update 14 The Associated Press reports that French police have surrounded and searched the family home of Karim Cheurfi (aka Abu Yusuf al-Baljik), a 39-year-old with a police record, in relation to today's attack.  Cheurfi's home is located in the town of Chelles.

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Karim Cheurfi, now known as Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki, was convicted of shooting at police officers in 2001, L’Express reports. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003, but that term was reduced to 15 years in 2005, the newspaper reports.

According to a 2001 report from Le Parisien, Cheurfi, then 23, stole a gun from a police officer and shot him three times, in the lung, leg and foot. He also fired at other officers.

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Update 13: French BFM TV reports that the attacker had boasted of wanting to kill police on the Telegram messaging service.

Meanwhile, Francois Fillon has called for this Sunday's presidential election first round to be suspended following the Paris attack. 

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Update 12: Through its news agency Amaq, ISIS has claimed the attack on French police in #Paris France, and has identified the attacker as Belgian Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki

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Update 11: A witness quoted by the Telegraph said he saw the gunman fire six times and then hide behind a truck. “He fired at the police and then he crouched behind the lorry. Then he got up and ran and was shot by the police.”

Forensics officers in white boiler suits with hoods were deployed on the Champs-Elysées.

Meanwhile, President Hollande said: “We are convinced the motive is likely to be terrorism." Both Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon have cancelled campaign trips tomorrow.

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Update 10: According to a French government spokesman the Paris assailant used a "war weapon" to fire on officers, previously identified as a Kalashnikov rifle.

Cyril, 40, a witness, said: “I was on the corner beside Marks and Spencer and Zara, waiting in my car for a friend, 10 or 15 metres from a police van. I saw a man all in black approaching the van as if he was asking for information, and he took out a Kalashnikov and fired, with his right hand.”

He added: “I started my car and pushed three or four other cars so I could do a U-turn. I’m totally certain he meant to kill the police. He was wearing a big black quileted coat and had hidden the gun under it.”

Update 9: The French police have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect in Paris shooting who arrived from Belgium by train, Reuters reports.

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Update 8: In conflicting reports, the French Interior Ministry now says that no other terror events occured, adds that a second policeman was not killed and that the gundman has not been "precisely identified". Additionally, police have reportedly stated that the dead attacker appeared to be alone.

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Update 7: A police helicopter is said to be patrolling the area of the shooting. A police source said it was equipped with a huge searchlight to help track down any attackers that might be on the run.

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Update 6: A bomb disposal team is checking the attacker's vehicle according to the French Interior Ministry. Meanwhile, security forces are searching the home of the dead gunman in the east of Paris.

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Update 5: French anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an investigation, confirming that the motive is believed to have been terrorism, and the attacker was known to the intelligence services, security sources said. They added that he had been flagged as a serious threat to national security.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the second policeman injured in shooting has died of his wounds, police sources told Reuters.

President Hollande has called an emergency security meeting. Bernard Cazeneuve, the prime minister, has joined President Hollande at the Elysée Palace for the meeting.

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Update 4: French BFM TV reports that at least one assailant was known to French authorities.

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Update 3: BREAKING - Shots fired at new location near Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris: police source. Meanwhile, FranceTV Info reports that there were several assailants in the original shooting, some of whom were still at large.

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Update 2:  An Interior Ministry spokesman says on BFM TV that officers were deliberately targeted in Paris shooting.

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Update: A robbery apparently took place at same time as shooting

Pierre-Henry Brandet, the interior ministry spokesman, said one police officer was killed and two seriously wounded. “The attacker was shot dead by police and the area remains cordoned off,” Mr Brandet said.

A car stopped near a police van before the attack and was found abandoned. It was suspected that the gunman used it to reach the scene of the attack.

Mr Brandet said a robbery may have been carried out at the same time as the attack. It was unclear if the two were linked.

 

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With just days until the first round of the French presidential election, one policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident on the historic Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The shootout took place around 21:00 (local time) near the Franklin D. Roosevelt metro station in the 8th district of the French capital, in front of a Marks and Spencer store, French RTL TV and BFM TV reported.

The who fired on police on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France's presidential election has been killed, the source said. A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a car at the scene and began shooting with a Kalashinkov machine gun.

Police state there were at least two people involved in the shooting, one of them has been killed. One of the suspects got out of a car and began shooting "with a Kalashnikov", hitting a policeman, an eyewitness has told Reuters.

The officer killed was apparently in a car stopped at a red light.

Yvan Assioma of the police union Alliance said:

The exact circumstances are still unclear but I can confirm the tragic death of one of our colleagues. Our thoughts are very much with the family. One or several attackers have been shot dead by the police. Some officers were hit but the bullets were stopped by their bulletproof vests, but two were hit.

French police say shooting in the Champs-Elysees area of Paris in which one police officer has been killed was probably "a terrorist act"

French TV channel BFM broadcast footage of the Arc de Triomphe monument and top half of the Champs Elysees packed with police vans, lights flashing and heavily armed police shutting the area down after what was described by one journalist as a major exchange of fire nears a Marks and Spencers store.

The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in living memory.

France has lived under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years.

As Reuters adds, earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille whom police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election.

A machine gun, two hand guns and three kilos of TATP explosive were among the weapons found at a flat in the southern city along with jihadist propaganda materials according to the Paris prosecutor.

 

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The French police have told the local population to avoid the area of the Champs Elysees which is on lock down, while social media add that riot police has been dispatched.

According to subsequent news reports the shooter, who was allegedly armed with a Kalashnikov, has been killed.

Police said that the shooting was probably a "terrorist act"

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saldulilem's picture

Did the attacker remember to bring his passport?

man of Wool's picture

did the attacker remember to say allah Akhbar?

He might of worked for LePen?

Jack Oliver's picture

Likely more complete BULLSHIT to distract from Le Pen's momentum !

Minack's picture

If it was a hoax the planners would have to be the most retarded false-flaggers in history. This attack underscores Le Pen's call to leave the EU and get a handle on their north african muzzy population.

Smedley's Butler's picture

Would this not help her gain momentum?

silverer's picture

The Kalashinikov is the Chinese pirate version of the Kalashnikov. Watch what you're buying out there. Accept no imitations.

Hurricane Baby's picture

Let's see: machine guns, handguns, explosives by the kilo.
Are we supposed to think these fellows purchased those items at the River Seine Bait n' Tackle?

Vonhoff5's picture

And why does it take only "extreme" French politicians to recognize the the extreme flaw in open door immigration? The whole EU should be carrying these deaths on their shoulders

ciscokid's picture

Can we just stay the fuck out of the middle east?? lock our borders and keep all our troops in our countries to protect our borders.STOP FUCKING UP OTHER COUNTRIES FOR THE SAKE OF YOU KNOW WHO.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Thats what Trump PROMISED to do... and you know politicians never lie...

ciscokid's picture

My son went to Paris today for a job Interview and was just near that area.I went mad trying to reach him, untill he just called and he said he was alright.God!!!!!

aloha_snakbar's picture

They will have to change the name from 'The City of Lights' to 'The City of Muzzle Flashes'...

chosen's picture

More sandniggers.   France is fucked.

pippi68's picture

More cultural enrichment courtesy of the religion of peace.

Cracker Pipes's picture

French "fast and furious"...Obamma on the phone to Macron to let him know the attack was on...where was Holder after he got fingered by Biden...

Robert Trip's picture

Chalk another one up for gun control.

Honest citizens either are not allowed to own guns or must take strict training in the handling of a weapon along with paying yearly fees and renewal of permits.

These bozos with the automatic rifles just go nuts and there's no one around to drop the fuckers besides the local cops who are usually the first ones to get it, as in the case here.

The French and the Germans are "sitting duck" societies.

brushhog's picture

What happened to all their gun control?

Robert Trip's picture

Must be getting low on virgin goats down there.

Salzburg1756's picture

Mes chers Français, quand vous avez tué les Nazis, vous vous êtes tués aussi. Voilà les conséquences.

ebear's picture

French killed the Nazis?  I thought it was the Russians?

Robert Trip's picture

If there really is a "War on Terror" why aren't these citizens allowed to arm themselves?

Eddielaidler's picture

It's the Globalist war using terror. Just call it The Prox War On People Utilizing Terror

Eddielaidler's picture

Average people just can't see that Muslims want a war. Muslims don't care if Le Pen is voted in. They actually prefer it. A smart tactic would be to lay low for 5 years. It's the jihad they want. A glorious battle to the death. This is where the western mind breaks down into incomprehension.

Robert Trip's picture

One of these fuckers opens up and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

This is a nonsensical scenario.

Robert Trip's picture

This is serious shit here.

Can you imagine if 50 of these fuckers were turned loose at the same time on an unarmed population?

JeeeSSuuuus!

Aubiekong's picture

There are large suburbs of Paris where non-Muslims are not welcome and sharia law is understood to be the official law of the area....

Ricki13th's picture

Another Jihadist attack in France, this will only boost Marine Le Pen's who wants to cut off the migrant flows into their country and leave the EU.

Brazen Heist's picture

These attacks are political, their timing is almost never a coincidence. It is no coincidence this was done before elections. 

ISIS wants Le Pen - it means they increase recruitment in France.

rayborbon's picture

Trump's fault. 

Bryan's picture

Wielding, not Yielding.  I'll be your headline proofreader for $10 per headline.  Serious inquiries only.

cougar_w's picture

ZH should become a wiki so some of us with language skillz could clean up this kind of crap.

Observingmen's picture

In fairness, he did yield it after they shot him dead.

swampmanlives's picture

I think the author meant "wielding" not "yielding".

swampmanlives's picture

How convenient for Le Pen...

shimmy's picture

So now killing a single cop counts as a terrorist act. Hilarious. 

EINSILVERGUY's picture

So what would you call it if a member of the religion of peace comes were to come over and gut you like a fish and yell "Alans Snackbar"?

Does it matter if he is uniformed?

War Machine's picture

serious question for one and all:

What would it take for the French, Germans, Swedes, Dutch, etc to understand that they are:

1) Not obligated to accept a single immigrant;
2) Entitled to defend their rights as, and remain as ethnic minorities in their own homelands?

I'll agree most people, including most immigrants and Muslims are not terrorists or depraved psychos.

Whether or not true, that is irrelevant to my contention:

Ethnic European nations are under existential assault by EU policies which treat 'the economy' (as measured by the stock markets and debt-fuelled 'growth') as something to be served at all costs by people/chattel, rather than the reverse.

The surface excuse for the migrant invasion is humanitarianism, which is absurd given the support of these states and pols for the bombings and regime change and arming of jihadi mercs that has, largely, driven the refugees/economic migrants.

And next, here and there, is the burthrate isssue - which is really about 'economic growth' where displacing European people and culture is a small price to pay to keep 'the economy' 'growing.'

But there are various reasons, including the words of Father of the EU Count Coudenhove-Kalergi, that the real goal is to destroy ethnic European majorities and nations.

We are absolutely drowned in the propaganda that Europeans are 'racist' if they dont agree to displacemebt kevel immigration, and all 'nationalism' is bad - except for non-European (White) nationalism.

In a sense, imo, this is the more central issue:

What would it take for Europeans to stop internalizing the bullshit that it is 'hate' to love and wish to preserve their own people and culture?

OCnStiggs's picture

Less gun laws.

The inability to defend yourself is a huge attractor to violence. Europe is essentially a huge "gun free zone."

Liberal dogma against the right to defend yourself coupled with fear and ignorance allow most European citizens to mindlessly give away their right to self defence. As this episode demonstrates, only the criminals are armed. And it will always be so until the populace wakes up.

But wait, they can't even defend their countries through rational immigration policy! Forget self defense. Europe is doomed.

 

 

runnymede's picture

It would take some critical thinking skills, which means three-fourths+ of the population will never get it. EU is the barbarous relic. Stick a fork in 'em. If they won't stand up for themselves they get what they get. Nature abhors a vacuum, and muz is filling it. 

Herdee's picture

Courtesy of ISIS, your CIA trained terrorists, backed also by Wahhabi Saudi Arabia and Qatar. They cut the heads off of gay people they don't like. The British and Americans sell them all the weapons they want.

mrtoad's picture

Getting easier to spot a false flag these days. moar security and control of the citizenry coming.

Falconsixone's picture

Y's not even close to W.

LePen Wins!        LePen Wins!                LePen Wins!                  LePen Wins!

Madcow's picture

I'm amazed these stories still make the news. 

 

RagnarRedux's picture
Meanwhile...... 

 

EU: 6,000 Invaders Arrive In 2 Days: Leftist-Aided Mass Invasion Speeds Up

http://www.newobserveronline.com/2017/04/6000-in-2-days-leftist-aided-ma...

1,960 Fake Refugees “Vanish” In Denmark

http://www.newobserveronline.com/2017/04/1960-fake-refugees-vanish-in-de...

Study: Austria's Islamic Kindegartens Create Parallel Societies Producing Dangerous Homegrown Radicals

No shit! Islam's 1400 year history of conquest is one of absolute domination and has nothing to do with assimilation, equality, or "democratic" institutions. It fits well with low average general IQ.

https://www.thelocal.at/20170416/study-suggests-viennas-islamic-kinderga...

France: 14 Injured When African Mob Storms Town Hall

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/19/france-illegal-migrants-storm...

flyonmywall's picture

It was a sexual emergency.

 

The Gray Man's picture

The shooter "yielded" his rifle?

venga periquito al torno's picture

ring ring!!!

- Yes who is it?

- Hi Francoise it´s Isis, yeah just to let you know that ooops we did it again.

- Ok Bibi, I mean Isis let me pencil that down. Anything else?

- Na, I´ll call you again next week.