- 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.
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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JUST IN: Police officer killed after gunshots in Paris, attacker "taken down," BFMTV reports … pic.twitter.com/4ZgZMnNqxE— Ryan Wolfe (@ele_wolfe) April 20, 2017
JUST IN: Possible shooting shuts Champs-Élysées in Paris: reports https://t.co/AptgHR2SG5— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 20, 2017
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.
BREAKING: One policeman killed after shooting incident on Champs Elysees in Paris; person who fired on police killed— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 20, 2017
Police said that the shooting was probably a "terrorist act"
French police say shooting in the Champs-Elysees area of Paris in which one police officer has been killed was probably "a terrorist act"— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) April 20, 2017