A cop has been shot dead and two more truly harmed in a shootout with an ISIS shooter on the Champs Elysees road in central Paris, the French Interior Service has detailed.
The solitary shooter opened discharge with a automatic weapon at a stationary police vehicle stopped on Paris’ central street on Thursday evening.
ISIS (Islamic State) has asserted obligation regarding the assault.
The Champs Elysees has been closed.
Security forces opened fire and killed the terrorist as he fled the scene.
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.
The French Interior Ministry 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.
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.”
Hollande assured the public that “we will be absolutely vigilant” during the upcoming presidential election.
He announced that a security council will convene for a meeting at 8am on Friday, adding that “a national tribute” would be paid to the slain police officer.