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'Weapons stash found at Champs-Elysees attacker's home'

20 June 2017

Police carry away the dead body of a man who rammed into a police convoy and detonated an explosive device on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris in Paris, France, Monday, June 19, 2017. The French PM says it's "not satisfactory".

Police officials said the man was on police radar for ties to radicalism, and the prime minister confirmed that the man had a gun permit.

"Nobody can be happy, and certainly not me, that someone who has been flagged to security agencies can continue to benefit from such an authorisation", Philippe told BFM TV.

Questions arose Tuesday over how a known radical Islamist who rammed a auto into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees was able to hold a gun licence.

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There has been no claim of responsibility for the assault, which occurred just a short distance from where a jihadist shot dead a police officer two months earlier. According to reports quoting his father, the attacker, who drove a vehicle laden with hand guns, gas canisters and a Kalashnikov rifle at police, had been issued a sporting license for firearms and had registered a weapon before being put under surveillance in 2015.

The ex-wife, brother and sister-in-law of Adam Dzaziri were detained late yesterday afternoon after police questioned them at the family home outside Paris.

"Bomb squads were deployed to the scene and the Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism unit opened an investigation into what is suspected to be a deliberate act", France24 says.

Few details have emerged of the new anti-terrorism law due to be unveiled Wednesday, but a draft leaked to the daily Le Monde has sparked concern among civil liberties campaigners who worry the emergency measures could become permanent.

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It has been reported that the suspected attacker was subject to an "S" file, meaning that authorities were at some point monitoring him for potential links to extremism.

"Situation under control, no injuries among the police and the public", police said. The driver's vehicle (seen in the picture below) then exploded into flames.

The weapons and explosives found in the vehicle "could potentially blow this auto up", he added. Police say there was a gas canister inside the vehicle.

"This shows once again that the threat level in France is extremely high", the interior minister said.

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