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One officer killed, another wounded in targeted Paris shooting, police say

21 April 2017

But he said that, apart from the policeman killed on the spot by the attacker, two police officers had been seriously wounded.

The Champs-Elysées has been closed and authorities are telling people to avoid the area. The shooter got out of his auto and started firing at police, Brandet said on BFMTV.

A French government spokesman said the assailant had an automatic firearm akin to a "war weapon".

According to the BBC, the gunman has been killed by police.

He was then shot dead by security forces.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the incident was being probed and that the investigation involved counterterrorism officials.

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Brandit stopped short of calling the incident a terrorist attack, contradicting earlier reports that cited police sources.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has issued a statement, saying an Islamic State "fighter" carried out an attack into the Champs-Élysees in Paris.

According to Amaq, the attacker is Abu Yousef al-Belgiki, the last being an indication he was living in neighboring Belgium.

The attack comes just three days before voting begins in France's presidential election.

Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille who police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election. The Interior Ministry spokesperson said on BFM TV that officers were deliberately targeted.

Speaking in Washington during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, U.S. President Donald Trump said the shooting "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent condolences to France.

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In our news wrap Thursday, Paris remains on high alert after a gunman killed one policeman and wounded two more before killing himself.

President Francois Hollande has called an emergency meeting on Thursday evening.

A French television station hosting a televised event with the 11 candidates running for president briefly interrupted its broadcast to report the shootings.

The warrant said the man had arrived in France by train from Belgium. The Tunisian-born French citizen was killed by law enforcement. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron offered his thoughts to the family of the dead officer. Socialist Benoit Hamon tweeted his "full support" to police against terrorism.

If no candidate claims a majority in the first round - which is likely - there will be a run-off election between the top two candidates on May 7.

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