- Attacker killed one policeman and wounded two others on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.
- Gunman was shot dead by the police, one of the wounded policemen is in critical condition.
- ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Paris, and has identified the attacker.
- Sixth terrorist attack in Paris in the past three years comes three days before France’s presidential elections.
A gunman has killed one policeman and wounded two others before he was killed himself in a terrorist attack on the Champs-Elysees in the downtown of French, which has been claimed by the ISIS terror group (“Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”).
The incident is the sixth terrorist attack in Paris in the past three years. Over the past two years, France has been hit by over 20 terrorist attacks causing over 240 deaths, which are claimed to have been organized by ISIS, or linked to it.
The most shocking of those have been the mass shooting at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 which claimed 17 lives, the November 2015 shooting in Paris which claimed 130 lives (the single deadliest terrorist attack in French history), and the cargo truck plowing through crowds celebrating the 2016 Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, in Nice, which resulted in 86 deaths.
Ever since the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in January 2015, French soldiers have been patrolling the streets in Paris and other cities under Operation “Sentinel”.
The latest terrorist attack in Paris comes just a couple of days ahead of France’s 2017 presidential elections scheduled for April 23 and May 7.
The terrorist attack in Paris on Thursday night began at about 9 pm when a police officer in a police car waiting at a red light was shot dead by an attacker driving by.
Two more policemen guarding the Franklin Roosevelt metro station on the famous Champs-Elysees avenue were wounded, and one of them is an critical condition, The Local – France reported.
French police have confirmed that the shooter was also killed at the scene when a group of police officers on patrol fired back, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet announced.
One witness told BFM TV he saw the man pull out an AK-47 before opening fire.
Sources told French media that the attacker was known to the French intelligence services.
The police cordoned off all roads around the site of the attack on Champs-Elysees as they were not certain whether the terrorist attack had been carried out by a single assailant.
A police source said that searches were taking place in an area east of Paris at the home of the assailant killed in the attack.
ISIS Claims Responsibility
Not long after President François Hollande said that the incident was a suspected terrorist attack, the ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the shooting.
The Islamic State identified the attacker as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki through its Amaq news agency, according to SITE Intel Group, a US-based organization that monitor terrorist activity online.
France’s counter-terrorist investigators have been placed in charge of the investigation, which suggests that the French authorities are in little doubt the shooting is just the latest in a series of terror attacks against France.
Earlier this week, two men with known radical Islamist affiliations were arrested in Marseille on suspicion of planning various attacks around the presidential election.