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Paris police shot on Champs-Elysees; IS group claims attack

Paris police shot on Champs-Elysees; IS group claims attack

The French interior ministry says the officers were shot by a man as they sat in a police van on the Champs-Elysees, the famous boulevard in the center of Paris.

The man was a French national who shot two officers in 2001 after being stopped by a police auto, the source said. Eleanor, you said this is three days before the presidential election.

On June 13, two police officers were killed in front of their 8-year-old son at their home outside Paris.

SHAPIRO: And as we've said, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a auto at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun. One officer was killed and two seriously wounded. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said it could not be ruled out that there were others involved in the attack.

Several of the attackers behind the November 2015 attack in Paris, which left 130 people dead and hundreds more injured, were finally discovered at the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek.

The shooting comes just days before first-round votes are cast Sunday in France's closely watched presidential election.

A witness and Paris resident, Badi Ftaiti, told ABC News that crowds of tourists flooded into side streets when the gunfire erupted.

BFMTV has not specified if the unidentified man was the attacker or a bystander. On Friday, French officials told the AP that he was detained in February for threatening police, then freed due to lack of evidence.

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A second man, suspected of being linked to the shooting, surrendered himself in Belgium, but authorities later said there was no link.

A month ago, a would-be terrorist shot and wounded a police officer at a roadblock before being shot dead after attacking three soldiers at Orly Airport in suburban Paris.

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor's office was investigating the shooting, according to reports.

In a statement from its Amaq news agency, the group gave a pseudonym for the shooter, Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki, indicating he was Belgian.

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

France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of alert since a string of terror attacks that began in 2015, which have killed over 230 people.

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"It never ends", he said at a press conference on Thursday.

Champs-Elysees was closed off immediately following the attack. Paris' metro subway is not stopping at stations near the area for the time being.

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What have world leaders said?

"I would like to say that we do everything we can to counter terrorism".

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's Prime Minister, described the incident as a "heinous attack" on Twitter, adding: "the pain caused only manages to strengthen our unity in defense of peace and freedom". The potential leads that will lead us to the truth are of a terrorist nature. "We have to be strong and be vigilant".

How will this affect the election?

Candidates canceled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday's first round vote.

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon suspended the events he had planned on Friday. In response to the incident, the far-right Le Pen tweeted: "Once again, it was our policemen who were targeted and paid the price of blood in the fight against Islamism".

One officer was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two injured officers are being treated in hospital with at least one fighting for their life.

Brandet said officers were "deliberately" targeted, as has happened repeatedly to French security forces in recent years, including in the run-up to the 2012 election.

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