French Police Targeted in Paris Terror, Suspect Dead

French Police Targeted in Paris Terror, Suspect Dead

French Police Targeted in Paris Terror, Suspect Dead

A man on the radar of French authorities for extremism was killed Monday after ramming a auto carrying arms and explosives into a police convoy on Paris' famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, setting off a fiery blast and a cloud of orange smoke, officials said.

Update 17:17pm: The attacker was a 31-year-old man from a Paris suburb who had been flagged for extremism, police officials said.

A person is seen on the ground as a police officer is seen in the foreground on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Monday, June 19, 2017.

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

Anti-terrorist prosecutors launched a probe into the incident which Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said was being treated as a "terrorist attack". Consequently, the officials are treating the incident a terrorist attack. "There will be deaths", before two of the soldier's comrades shot the attacker dead.

Victoria Boucher and daughter Chrystel say they're hoping the Champs-Elysees reopens soon.

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The weapons and explosives found in the vehicle "could potentially blow this auto up", he said.

"The show must go on", her daughter says in English.

President Emmanuel Macron said last month his government would ask parliament to extend wider search and arrest powers granted under a state of emergency called after Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015.

French police secure the area on the Champs-Elysees after an incident in Paris, France. The officials weren't authorized to be publicly named.

They identified the man as from Argenteuil, and said he had an "S" file, which means authorities had been aware of potential links to extremism.

Paris police prefecture tweeted an operation was underway and urged people to avoid the area which remains cordoned off.

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