Terrorism is suspected after man drives into police convoy in Paris

 
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Paris, June 19 (TNS): A man was immobilized, and likely killed, on Monday afternoon after he rammed a car into a police convoy on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the French authorities said.

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a terrorism investigation, suggesting that the authorities believed the collision was intentional.

Police officers have been the target of several attacks in France in the past months and years. In April, a gunman wielding an assault rifle shot at police officers on the Champs-Élysées, killing one of them.

The Paris Police Prefecture said on Twitter that a police operation was being carried out in the area and it warned people to stay away.

But the police added that the situation was “under control.”

French television showed police officers cordoning off the area, located not far from the Élysée Palace, the official residence of the French president. Nearby Métro stations were closed, officials said.

On social media, witnesses reported seeing a car on fire on the Champs-Élysées, the famed avenue in western Paris that is both a tourist attraction and a shopping district.

 

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