- A policeman was killed this evening following a shooting in the French capital
- Another officer was seriously wounded and the attacker was eventually shot
- World famous avenue which is popular with tourists was on lockdown by 9pm
A police officer was shot dead and another seriously wounded by two Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen on the Champs Elysees in central Paris tonight.
French police said that the incident was probably a ‘terrorist act’ and the world famous avenue was on lockdown by 9pm.
Heavily armed officers had flooded the area and a third individual – believed to be the killer – was also hurt and ‘neutralised’, according to police sources.
Reports suggest ‘at least’ two people were involved in the attack which took place as presidential candidates took part in a TV debate nearby.
The BFM TV news channel reported that ‘two offers were hit and one has been killed’.
A witness identified only as Ines told BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man’s body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police.
The attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France’s tense presidential election.
France is currently under a state of emergency following a spate of Islamist terror attacks.
Via: Daily Mail Online