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IS group claims Champs-Elysees attack on police officers

IS group claims Champs-Elysees attack on police officers

A police spokeswoman told Associated Press that the gunman targeted police guarding a metro station.

The reporter was describing the "tension" in the French capital following an attack that left one policeman dead and two seriously injured.

The claim of responsibility came unusually swiftly for the group, which has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria.

According to BFMTV's sources, the killer was known to the security services and had talked of wanting to kill police officers on the Telegram messaging service. "A man immediately got out and opened fire on the police vehicle, fatally wounding a police officer".

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The Thursday evening attack took place in the city's Champs-Elysees district, which is hugely popular with tourists and shoppers. He says counterterrorism authorities are investigating.

French anti-terror prosecutors and the National Intelligence Service opened an investigation to determine the nature of the incident on the Champs Elysees, according to the Paris Prosecutor's Office in a text to CNN, looking at terror as a possible motive in this attack.

Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area.

Earlier, United States President Donald Trump conveyed his deep condolence to France.

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Also, President Trump reignited his attack on Iran Thursday during a news conference with Italy's prime minister, calling the 2015 nuclear deal a "terrible agreement."disabled3000226131vxJ5X4g_8FA213325213324http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/unrest-venezuela-continues-political-tensions-rise/Unrest in Venezuela continues as political tensions riseIn a movement dubbed "The Mother of all Marches", thousands of Venezuelans hit the streets Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro".

The US State Department put out a cautionary tweet, saying: "If you're in #Paris, monitor local news. It just never ends".

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from the Champs Elysees that the avenue "has been completely cordoned off". The Tour de France ends at this location. At the time of the shooting, all 11 presidential candidates were appearing on television. The show was interrupted by reports of the shooting, AP reported.

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron offered his thoughts to the family of the dead officer and Socialist Benoit Hamon tweeted his "full support" to police against terrorism. BFMTV has not specified if the unidentified man was the attacker or a bystander.

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