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The dramatic moment a French police officer checks for a suicide bomb as he cuts the clothes off a driver who has just rammed a police van on the Champs-Élysées
- Car burst into flames moments after impact in the Paris tourist hotspot which is the main shopping district
- The driver, who police believe to be dead, was carrying a gun when he crashed into the police van deliberately
- Witness said he heard shots being fired and saw smoke coming from the car after the collision this afternoon
- People were seen fleeing the area as police officers armed with machine guns attempted to get them to safety
A driver with a gun has been arrested after ramming a police van on the Champs-Élysées in a car filled with weapons and a gas bomb.
His car burst into flames moments after impact and he was left seriously injured having deliberately aimed at a line of police vans.
A police officer was videoed stripping clothes from the unconscious assailant to check for a suicide bomb and officials believe he is ‘probably’ dead.
A witness in the capital said he heard shots being fired and smoke coming from a silver Renault Megane which was used by the perpetrator in what is being considered an attempted suicide attack. (Daily Mail)
French anti-terrorism prosecutors opened an inquiry today after a suspected suicide attacker was seen targeting a line of police vans which were travelling up the Champs Elysee towards the Arc de Triomphe.
‘There was a sudden impact, and then a fireball,’ said an investigating source. ‘A gas bomb was in the car.
‘The man was very badly injured, and then pulled out of his damaged vehicle. He was badly injured in the collision and was taken away.
‘He did not cause any injuries, but the collision was a deliberate act.’
An Interior Ministry source meanwhile said that the attacker ‘is likely to have died following the attack’.
He added that ‘numerous weapons were found in his car boot’.
The specialist anti-terrorism officers confirmed they had opened an inquiry into the kamikaze attack.
It follows a series of terrorism incidents across France carried out by Islamic State terrorists, who have regularly used vehicles as weapons across Europe, including in Britain.
BREAKING: Champs-Élysées terror in Paris as armed driver smashes car into police van
THE Champs-Élysées area has been surrounded by police in Paris following a suspected attempted terror attack.
By Zoie O’Brien
The Express, Jun 19, 2017
An armed driver who slammed a car into a police van has likely been shot dead, authorities in France said.
France’s Interior Ministry confirmed emergency services are dealing with a “security incident” at the world-famous Champs-Élysées.
Paris police on Monday said they are “in control” after armed police stormed the shopping district in the city centre.
Witnesses say a police van was hit by another vehicle which was the on fire sparking the major response.
“It looks like this was a deliberate act,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters at the scene.
Brandet said it was very likely that the driver, who had been armed, was dead.
A police bomb squad is also present.
Champs-Élysées surrounded by police in Paris as France under terror fears
One witness, who was just 20 metres from the scene, said: “Large bangs followed by what sounded like shots fired near a car with smoke coming out of it on Champs Elysees.”Armed officers have been pictured surrounding a police cordon after reports of a man on the ground.Some reports suggest he was dragged from the car.An image has now appeared of a bloodied man lying face down on the floor, while the body is searched by a bomb robot.Police in Paris are asking people to stay clear of the area.
Champs Elysees attack: Police arrest man in Paris
Police surround area of the Champs Elysees shopping district in Paris
Nearby, the theatre Marigny was evacuated, local reports suggest.The Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau metro station was also closed.France has been in a state of emergency since the Bataclan terror attacks in November 2015, in which 130 people were killed by ISIS supporters.During the last French elections a police officer was shot on the Champs-Élysées.
Champs-Elysees: The current scene after police van smashed into by car
Terror in France: French police in suspected terror attack investigation in Paris
A police car has reportedly been hit by another vehicle in the Champs-Élysées area
Earlier in June an Algerian Islamist attacked a police officer with a hammer in front of Notre-Dame de Paris.