Paris police attacked in terror shooting

A police officer has been killed in Champs-Elysées, after a man opened fire on a police bus during the evening of Thursday 21 April.

Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that a car pulled up alongside a police bus just before 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and a man got out, opening fire on the bus with an automatic weapon. After killing one officer, the man attempted to run away while shooting at other officers, injuring a further two police officers.

The attackers was then shot dead by security forces.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said one of its ‘fighters’ had carried out the attack.

Paris prosecutor François Molins said shortly after the shootings that ‘the attacker's identity is known and has been verified’. According to reports, intelligence services had identified him as a potential Islamist radical.

"I won't reveal it, because investigations and raids are already under way, in particular to establish whether there is any evidence or not of complicity (in this attack).”

The news comes ahead of France’s general election.

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