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Paris shooting: Gunman named as police seek possible accomplices

Paris shooting: Gunman named as police seek possible accomplices

He had previously served time for the attempted murder of three police officers in 2001 and also on the security service's watch list.

Police, who are still holding several members of his family for interviews, say that they are investigating if Cheurfi had accomplices. A statement from the IS propaganda agency, Amaq, said the attack was carried out by an "Islamic State fighter". France will remain on high alert due to past terror threats, but authorities believe this was an isolated incident.

Meanwhile, the policeman killed has been identified as Xavier Jugele by Flag!, a French association of LGBT police officers.

Belgian security officials had warned French counterparts before the attack that El Osri was a "very unsafe individual en route to France" aboard the Thalys high-speed train.

The shooting mirrored recent attacks on French soldiers at prominent locations around Paris: at the Louvre museum in February and at Paris' Orly airport last month.

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The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police van on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 p.m. (1900 GMT), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

Armed police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris following yesterday's shooting of a police officer on April 21 2017. Authorities say a bystander was also wounded. Police were questioning three people from his entourage.

Adelaide Zulfikarpasic of BVA pollsters said: 'If it were to benefit someone that would clearly be Marine Le Pen who has dominated this issue throughout the campaign, or Francois Fillon'. Raids and searches were ongoing, Molins said. This decision was made when earlier this week police announced they had foiled a terror plot in Marseille, arresting two suspects who were planning an attack to undermine the election.

Here in the U.S., President Donald Trump condemned the attack.

Trump himself weighed in at a news conference in Washington following the attack.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her condolences to Hollande and said her sympathy "goes out to the victims and their families", according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert.

"The candidate of the Front National, like every drama, seeks to profit from and to control the situation to divide", the Prime Minister said in a televised address.

The offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine were hit in January 2015, ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people at sites around Paris in November that year, and a Tunisian man rammed a truck through crowds in Nice in July 2016, killing 86 people.

France has imposed emergency security rules in the wake of the 2015 attacks which killed 130 people, but several other attacks have broken out since, with the bloodiest on Bastille Day past year in Nice where a man drove his truck into a crowd and killed 86 people.

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    The gunman - who was detained and released as recently as February for threatening a police officer - was killed on the scene. Police shot and killed Cheurfi after he opened fire on a police van on Paris' most famous boulevard.

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