Islamic State claims Paris shooting

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Islamic State claims Paris shooting

Paris, 4/21
A French policeman was shot dead and two
others were wounded in central Paris on
Thursday night in an attack carried out
days before presidential elections and
quickly claimed by the Islamic State
militant group.
President Francois Hollande said he was
convinced the “cowardly killing” on the
Champs Elysees boulevard, in which the
assailant was himself shot dead by police,
was an act of terrorism.
The wide avenue that leads away from the
Arc de Triomphe had been crowded with
Parisians and tourists enjoying a spring
evening, but police quickly cleared the
area, which remained empty well into the
night of all but heavily armed security
forces and police vehicles.
Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said the
man had been identified, but investigators
were still assessing if he had
accomplices.
A police arrest warrant issued earlier on
Thursday, which was seen by Reuters after
the attack, warned of a dangerous
individual who had come into France by
train from Belgium on Thursday. It was
unclear if that man was the attacker or
linked to the shooting.
Officers searched the home of the dead
attacker in a town east of Paris, a police
source said.
“The sense of duty of our policemen
tonight averted a massacre … they
prevented a bloodbath on the Champs
Elysees,” Interior Minister Matthias Fekl
told reporters.
“A little after 9 pm a vehicle stopped
alongside a police car which was parked.
Immediately a man got out and fired on the
police vehicle, mortally wounding a police
officer,” Interior Ministry spokesman
Pierre-Henry Brandet said.
France has lived under a state of
emergency since 2015 and has suffered a
spate of Islamist militant attacks mostly
perpetrated by young men who grew up in
France and Belgium and that have killed
more than 230 people in the past two
years.
Witness Chelloug, a kitchen assistant,
told Reuters he was walking out of a shop
and saw a man get out of a car and open
fire with a rifle on a policeman.
“The policeman fell down. I heard six
shots, I was afraid. I have a two year-old
girl and I thought I was going to die…
He shot straight at the police officer.”
The Islamic State group, which is being
driven out of its areas of territorial
control in Iraq and Syria by Western-
backed coalitions and has hundreds of
French-speaking fighters, claimed
responsibility for Thursday`s shooting via
its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker
as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.
The claim came quickly and the naming of
the assailant suggested a degree of direct
contact with Islamic State. The group also
claimed responsibility for a car attack in
London last month killing four, but gave
no name or details.
Police sources said the man was known to
intelligence services. French television
networks reported that he was a 39-year-
old French national known for previous
violent crimes.

Paris, 4/21

A French policeman was shot dead and two

others were wounded in central Paris on

Thursday night in an attack carried out

days before presidential elections and

quickly claimed by the Islamic State

militant group.

President Francois Hollande said he was

convinced the “cowardly killing” on the

Champs Elysees boulevard, in which the

assailant was himself shot dead by police,

was an act of terrorism.

The wide avenue that leads away from the

Arc de Triomphe had been crowded with

Parisians and tourists enjoying a spring

evening, but police quickly cleared the

area, which remained empty well into the

night of all but heavily armed security

forces and police vehicles.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said the

man had been identified, but investigators

were still assessing if he had

accomplices.

A police arrest warrant issued earlier on

Thursday, which was seen by Reuters after

the attack, warned of a dangerous

individual who had come into France by

train from Belgium on Thursday. It was

unclear if that man was the attacker or

linked to the shooting.

Officers searched the home of the dead

attacker in a town east of Paris, a police

source said.

“The sense of duty of our policemen

tonight averted a massacre … they

prevented a bloodbath on the Champs

Elysees,” Interior Minister Matthias Fekl

told reporters.

“A little after 9 pm a vehicle stopped

alongside a police car which was parked.

Immediately a man got out and fired on the

police vehicle, mortally wounding a police

officer,” Interior Ministry spokesman

Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

France has lived under a state of

emergency since 2015 and has suffered a

spate of Islamist militant attacks mostly

perpetrated by young men who grew up in

France and Belgium and that have killed

more than 230 people in the past two

years.

Witness Chelloug, a kitchen assistant,

told Reuters he was walking out of a shop

and saw a man get out of a car and open

fire with a rifle on a policeman.

“The policeman fell down. I heard six

shots, I was afraid. I have a two year-old

girl and I thought I was going to die…

He shot straight at the police officer.”

The Islamic State group, which is being

driven out of its areas of territorial

control in Iraq and Syria by Western-

backed coalitions and has hundreds of

French-speaking fighters, claimed

responsibility for Thursday`s shooting via

its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker

as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.

The claim came quickly and the naming of

the assailant suggested a degree of direct

contact with Islamic State. The group also

claimed responsibility for a car attack in

London last month killing four, but gave

no name or details.

Police sources said the man was known to

intelligence services. French television

networks reported that he was a 39-year-

old French national known for previous

violent crimes.

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