Paris, France – A terror suspect shot dead a police officer and two others were left seriously injured late Thursday on the world famous Champs-Élysées in Paris, officials said.
At about 9pm the suspect drove a car up to a parked police van full of officers. He got out of the car and fired an automatic weapon, killing one officer in the van, before shooting at the others who were standing on the nearby pavement; injuring two before he was shot dead by police.
The police were convinced that the attack was “terrorist in nature”.
It was quickly claimed by the Islamic State group just days before a presidential election through its news agency Amaq, as per an ABC News story.
The Islamic State identified the attacker as one of its soldiers; naming him as Abu Yousif, a Belgian. Police said the man had been identified earlier, but his name would not be revealed until investigators determined whether he had accomplices.
The gunman had recently been detained for questioning in a police station, after an informant reported that “he was seeking to obtain weapons to kill policemen”, according to reports.
Meanwhile, a national tribute will be paid to this policeman who was killed in the attack.