- Paris shooting: One Officer Killed, Two Wounded In Shooting On Champs-Elysees
- A gunman killed a police officer on the Champs-Élysées in central Paris on Thursday (April 20) night, and two seriously wounded. The assailant reportedly targeted a police vehicle.
The gunman was shot dead by the police as he tried to flee on foot; two other police officers and a bystander were wounded.
ISIS very quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, through the group's semi-official news agency Amaq, reports the SITE intelligence group.
The policequickly blocked access to the crowded thoroughfare, lined with restaurants and high-end stores, as a helicopter hovered overhead. Officers began searching for possible accomplices after the attack, which set off panic and a scramble for shelter on surrounding streets.
The attack came only days before the start of a presidential vote that could reverberate across Europe, and as the 11 candidates were having their final quasi-debate on the France 2 television network.
Earlier this week, in a separate incident, French authorities arrested two men in Marseille, saying they were suspected of planning an "imminent" attack ahead of the election and were found in possession of an arsenal of weapons.
President Trump, who was meeting with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy at the White House on Thursday, responded to a question from reporters about the Paris attack. “That’s a terrible thing, and it’s a very, very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today,” he said. “But it looks like another terrorist attack. And what can you say — it just never ends.”
- source : New York Times