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Published On: Thu, Apr 20th, 2017

One Paris Police Officer Killed, Two Injured, Assailant Shot Dead – Motive Currently Unknown

nsnbc : A thus far not publicly identified gunman shot and killed one police officer and wounded two others before he was fatally shot. The incident took place on the Champs-Elysees in the heart of the French capital on Thursday evening. So far no motives have been established.

France_Paris_Champs-Elysees_Apr 2017A police union representative used his Twitter account to report that the officer who was shot and killed while he was waiting at a red light. Johanna Primevert, a Paris police spokeswoman, told reporters that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station at the center of the avenue.

A spokesman for the French Interior Ministry stressed that it was too early to determine the motive behind the attack. It is in other words uncertain whether the incident was “terrorism-related”. However, French anti-terror prosecutors are investigating the shooting.

The Ministry added that a search for explosives is underway. Police had earlier warned people to avoid the area. The search for eventual explosives would include the car of the alleged, now deceased assailant as well as his home.

France has been ruled by emergency laws following a series of terrorist attacks including the November 2015 attacks which targeted the Bataclan concert hall and Stade de France sports arena, as well as café and bar terraces in the capital. The emergency decree has been extended by several parliamentary votes and remains in force.

The incident Thursday evening happened as France is preparing for the first  round of the 2017 presidential elections in less than a week. Most candidates used Twitter messages to voice their “solidarity with law enforcement and security services”.

F/AK – nsnbc 20.04.2017

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