Another Muslim Terrorist Attack in Paris
One police officer has been killed and two were seriously injured in a shooting incident in central Paris, the French Interior Ministry has said. President Francois Hollande said the shooting was of “terrorist nature” as Islamic State claimed responsibility.
The shooting took place on the central boulevard of Champs Elysees. The suspected attacker was also killed in the shootout, according to police.
The incident comes just two days after two men were detained in the French southern city of Marseille on suspicion of planning a “violent and imminent attack” ahead of the presidential elections. Guns and explosives were reportedly found during the search in their apartment. One of the suspects has recently converted to Islam, according to Soir media outlet.
Addressing the nation following a crisis meeting at the presidential palace, French President Francois Hollande said that all leads indicate that the attack was of a “terrorist nature.”
Police are currently conducting raids in the area, the prosecutor’s office said, adding that they seek to establish whether the shooter had any accomplices.
Meanwhile, the French Interior Ministry confirmed that the life of the police officer, who was heavily injured during the attack, is no longer in danger.
“The identity of the attacker is known and has been checked. I will not give it because investigations with raids are ongoing. The investigators want to be sure whether he had or did not have accomplices”, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters.
The French Interior Ministry earlier confirmed in a Twitter post that the attacker targeted a police bus parked on the boulevard.
The gunman who killed the police officer was already known to law enforcement services, police confirmed without revealing the identity of the attacker.
A woman, reportedly a foreign citizen, has suffered minor injuries as result of the attack, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told BMF TV.
The police are searching the home of a suspected shooter in Chelles, a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris some 20 km from its center, Le Parisien reported.
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack, AFP reported, citing the media agency Amaq, which is affiliated with the terrorist group. It also named Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki as the man behind the attack.