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Car rams police van on Champs-Elysees, armed suspect dead

Car rams police van on Champs-Elysees, armed suspect dead

Tourists strolling along Paris' famous Champs-Elysees on Monday afternoon watched in horror as a auto rammed into a police van - and some witnessed the vehicle burst into flames as police grabbed the man inside and put him on the ground.

Gerard Collomb, France's interior minister, told reporters near the scene the man meant to attack the security forces and that the auto was carrying explosives.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the man was killed after an attempted attack on a police convoy, saying that shows the threat is still very high in the country and justifies a state of emergency in place since 2015.

Collomb said Monday's incident shows that France remains at high risk of a terrorist attack.

Two police officials told The Associated Press that a handgun was found on the driver, who they said was badly burned after the vehicle exploded.

It also marks the second time this year that Paris' most famous avenue, renowned for its shopping, dining and monuments, has been the scene of bloodshed.

The attack - which occurred just a short distance from where a jihadist shot dead a police officer two months earlier - was carried out by a man who had been on France's security watch list since 2015 over ties to "the radical Islamist movement", sources close to the probe said.

France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

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A body lyes down on the Champs Elysees avenue after a man rammed into a police convoy in Paris, Monday, June 19, 2017.

Police have closed two of the metro stations on the Champs-Elysees, a major tourist draw in the French capital.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the incident was apparently deliberate.

Eric Favereau, a journalist for Liberation newspaper who was driving a scooter behind the gendarmes, said he saw a auto blocking the convoy's path, then an implosion in the vehicle.

Gendarmes jumped out of the vehicle, ran to the auto, smashed its windows and pulled out the driver in an apparent attempt to save him, according to witness accounts. "They took the man out and put him a bit farther away (from the car) on the other side of the road", she said. The man died even though police were able to extricate him from the burning vehicle.

Police have asked the public to avoid the area while their security operation is ongoing.

The gunman, Karim Cheurfi, was shot dead by police and a note praising the Islamic State group was found next to his body.

Victoria Boucher and daughter Chrystel came in from the suburb of Cergy-Pontoise for a Paris visit and were not afraid to go to the famed avenue.


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