Published on : Friday, April 21, 2017
According to the media reports, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet said that the assailant in the shootings was killed, but he was not identified publicly. The suspect reportedly got out of a car at a traffic light and opened fire on a police vehicle with a gun.
Police on the scene opened fire on the man as he ran away firing back at the officers. It was during this exchange of gunfire that the suspect was killed.
The whole of the Champs-Elysees was evacuated.
Because of its worldwide renown and its large number of visitors, the avenue has long been seen as a potential target. The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs released a warning on Twitter for all citizens to avoid the area.
The attack raised questions over how yet another Islamist extremist known to police was able to bring terror to the heart of the French capital.
The gunman who shot dead the policeman in an apparent Isil-inspired terror attack before being killed has been named as French national Karim Cheurfi.