Paris art exhibit locked down during attack

Adjust Comment Print

A man has died after ramming a auto carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove down Paris' Champs Elysees, prompting a fiery blast, officials say.

The attacker was a 31-year-old man from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil who has an "S" file - which means cops believed he had possible ties to extremism, officials told the AP.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal details of the incident, the second this year on the city's most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists from around the world.

Police officers patrol near the Champs-Elysees avenue on June 19, 2017 in Paris, France.

As The Two-Way has reported, a man opened fire on police in April killing one officer and wounding two others.

Monday's incident came less than a day after a vehicle attack on Muslim worshipers outside a mosque in north London.

No police or bystanders were injured in the incident on the Champs-Elysees, where a jihadist shot dead a policeman two months ago.

The tweet Monday confirmed an attack had taken place on Paris' famed Champs-Elysees.

Putin present to see Russia kick off Confederations Cup
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo exercises during a training session at the Arena in Kazan , Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. According to the draw , Group A includes Russia, New Zealand , Portugal and Mexico, Group B - Chile, Australia and Germany.

"The show must go on", the daughter said in English.

The small white auto caught on fire after the collision with the mobile police unit.

It imposed emergency security rules in the wake of the 2015 attacks which killed 130 people.

"Once again, French police were targeted with this attempted terror attack on the Champs-Elysées", Collomb said, while adding that the attacker's motives weren't immediately clear.

Earlier, police advised people to avoid the area, as about 20 police vans and several armed officers surrounded the man on the ground.

It is unclear the attacker has been killed or why he drove into the police Monday.

In one of the most controversial moves of his young presidency, Emmanuel Macron has advocated enshrining certain of the state emergency's special police powers into French law.