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Paris shooting live: Isis claim attack that killed one police officer and wounded two others

Public warned to stay away from Champs-Elysees

Lucy Pasha-Robinson,Katie Forster
Thursday 20 April 2017 20:43 BST
One police officer dead after shooting near Champs Elysees

Armed police have blocked off the Champs-Elysees in Paris after one police officer was killed and two seriously wounded in a shooting.

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Armed police have blocked off the Champs Elysees in Paris after an officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting.

A report citing a police source said the person who fired on officers had been killed in turn.

Police urged people to avoid the area.

A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man's body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police 

Vithushan Ehantharajah20 April 2017 20:41

A witness told local media: “Suddenly everyone got up and started running, we didn't even have the time to understand what was happening.

“We heard one or two gunshots, it wasn't a Kalashnikov, it was shot by shot. We ran. I really didn't understand what was happening, we moved down the street, police told us to move down further.

“I didn't see if they were two, three or just one assailant. We just ran.

“We heard two gunshots. All the people sat on the terrace got up and ran, chairs were falling over.”

Vithushan Ehantharajah20 April 2017 20:53

Another eyewitness reported seeing a man get out of a car "with a Kalashnikov."

Steve Anderson20 April 2017 20:57

The police officer who was killed in the attack was reportedly shot while in a car stopped at a red light by an attacker driving by, a police union said on Twitter.

Steve Anderson20 April 2017 21:00

Police said the shooting was very probably a “terrorist act”, according to Reuters, while other reports suggested robbery may have been the motive.

Steve Anderson20 April 2017 21:03
Steve Anderson20 April 2017 21:06

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will meet President François Hollande at the Elysee palace, AFP reports.

Steve Anderson20 April 2017 21:09

Steve Anderson20 April 2017 21:11

An assailant opened fire on a police van, a spokesperson for the interior minister told BFMTV.

Steve Anderson20 April 2017 21:17

A police source says shots have been fired at a new location near the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Reuters reports.

Steve Anderson20 April 2017 21:20

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