Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Police officer and attacker killed in Paris shooting incident

Police officer and attacker killed in Paris shooting incident

At the start of the video, the reporter says: 'People in central Paris were too scared to leave their homes, the tension is palpable'.

But the 55-year-old says visitors to the French "were running, running.Some were crying. Some were crying. There were tens, maybe even hundreds of them".

Prior to the Thursday incident, observers had warned that potential terrorist attacks would play well into her hands.

France was on high alert Thursday after one police officer was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting on one of Paris' most famous streets.

It was unclear how Trump concluded that terrorism may have been a factor.

Trump is also offering condolences from the the people of France. "We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant and I have been saying it for a long time".

"The area is risky because of shooting", a police officer yelled at reporters in English.

Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area.

Islamist militancy is a major issue in the polls after recent mass attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State, with 238 people killed in jihadist attacks since 2015, according to data from AFP news agency.

The French Interior Ministry said the attack deliberately targeted police officers guarding the area. "The police returned fire, killing the assailant".

One officer was killed and another was wounded.

Anti-terrorist prosecutors indicated that the motive is believed to have been terrorism, and the attacker was known to the intelligence services, security sources said.

At least three underground train stations of the Paris Metro - the Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau, George V and F. Roosevelt stations - have been "closed off" near the site of the police operation on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, BFMTV reported.

Two men were arrested two days ago in Marseille who police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election.

One witness 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.

French presidential election candidates Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon cancelled their campaign events scheduled for Friday in what would have been the last day of campaigning for candidates before the first round of voting in the presidential elections on Sunday.

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