Yet another terror attack has been reported in France this evening, right at the Champs Elysees. The cowards keep trying but the country will not bend nor break.
This is the news as reported by the BBC just a few minutes ago: One policeman has been shot dead and two others wounded in central Paris, French police say, with their suspected attacker killed by security forces.
A lone gunman opened fire before being killed as he fled the scene, police say. The Champs Elysees was sealed off.
President Francois Hollande said that he was convinced the attack was “terrorist-related”.
Several candidates in Sunday’s presidential election have ended their campaigns early as a mark of respect.
“On the face of it, the officers were deliberately targeted,” interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.
A car pulled up alongside a police bus just before 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and a man got out, opening fire with an automatic weapon at the bus, Mr Brandet said.
After killing an officer, he attempted to run away while shooting at other officers, two of whom he injured, the spokesman added.
He was then shot dead by security forces.
According to BFMTV news channel’s sources, the killer was known to the security services and had talked of wanting to kill police officers on the Telegram messaging service.
Our hearts go out to the police force who do such a valiant, brave job everyday. We do not take your sacrifice for granted, and we thank you for keeping us safe. To the terrorists, we will fight this fight.
To the fallen hero, may you forever rest in peace.
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