IS group claims Champs-Elysees attack on police officers

Police attending an incident on the Champs Elysees in Paris in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker in a shooting Thursday

Police attending an incident on the Champs Elysees in Paris in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker in a shooting Thursday

One police officer and an attacker have been killed in a shooting in Paris on Thursday, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV and the French Interior Ministry. The French Ministry of Interior spokesman said that the attacker exited a vehicle and "shot at the police vehicle with an automatic weapon", per CNN.

A gunman opened fire on French police Thursday on a renowned Paris boulevard, killing one and wounding two others before being fatally shot himself in an incident that shook France just three days before a crucial election.

France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande convening the government's security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.

Islamic State group-inspired attacks have killed at least 235 people in France since January 2015, by far the largest casualty figure of any Western country.

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron offered his thoughts to the family of the dead officer.

French President Francois Hollande held a press conference after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

The Paris prosecutor's office said counterterrorism investigators are involved in the probe.

CNN reported on its website just after 2:30 PM PT that the sole shooter was "known to French security services for radical Islamist activities", and that the immediate "danger is likely over".

A female foreign tourist also was wounded, Molins said.

Many police vehicles can be seen on the avenue that passes numerous city's most iconic landmarks.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told AP the gunman deliberately targeted police on guard near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station. She said he appeared to be acting alone.

Two police officials say the assailant who shot a police officer to death and wounded two others on Paris' Champs Elysees had been flagged as an extremist.

The two top contenders will advance to a runoff on May 7.

A Paris resident says the gunfire that erupted on the French capital's famed Champs-Elysees shopping district sent scores of tourists fleeing into side streets.

Mr Brandet said a robbery may have been carried out at the same time as the attack but it is not clear if the two are linked. "There were tens, maybe even hundreds of them".

The incident recalled two recent attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris: one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

A police source told Reuters there had been two assailants, while a witness saw one man get out of a vehicle at the scene and begin shooting with a machine gun.

One of the candidates, Francois Fillon, has canceled his campaign events on Friday, Reuters reports.

None of the candidates immediately commented.

He also called for campaigning generally to be suspended, although from midnight on Friday the law says it has to stop anyway.

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