One police officer killed, another wounded in Paris shooting
ISIS has said it was behind the shooting in Paris that left at least one police officer is dead and another is gravely wounded on the Champs Elysees in the heart of Paris.The gunman was also shot dead by police in the gunfight in the heart of Paris.
UPDATE (3:53 p.m. ET): One attacker shot a police officer as he sat in his cruiser at a red light, Fox News is reporting. "We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant". Two police officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, said the attacker had been flagged as an extremist.
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France's president Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances surrounding the attack on the police officers pointed to a terrorist act and has convened a National Defence and Security Council to meet on Friday morning.
Speaking in Washington during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, U.S. President Donald Trump said the shooting in Paris "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent condolences to France. What can you say?
Though the incident was initially suspected as a terror attack, statements from three police sources suggested it may have been an attempted armed robbery.
He said: "I thought they were firecrackers. It just never ends".
France has been plagued by terrorism since the horrific attacks of November 2015 that left 130 people dead and hundreds injured.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert says unidentified gunman appeared to be alone when he allegedly opened fire on a police vehicle.
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In between, there have been a series of smaller attacks, often targeting security forces. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack.
Paris police and soldiers have sealed off the area around the Champs-Elysees after an attack on police, ordering tourists back into their hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.
And in March, a 39-year-old man was killed at Paris's Orly airport after attacking a soldier.