Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Man Killed In Paris Attack On Police Vehicle

Man Killed In Paris Attack On Police Vehicle

A driver rammed a vehicle carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove down Paris' Champs Elysees avenue on Monday.

Police quickly declared the situation "under control" and a bomb squad responded to the scene after explosives and a gun were found inside the driver's vehicle. The auto burst into flames on impact. "The police acted very quickly".

Reports say Paris prosecutors have opened an anti-terror investigation into the attack.

The driver was killed in the incident that the French interior minister says was deliberately aimed at security forces. No civilians or law enforcement were hurt. "The vehicle contained a number of weapons and explosives that gave it the potential to blow up". The suspect, the French Interior ministry tweeted, has been "neutralized".

It is unclear why the attacker, who has been arrested, drove into the police. In an interview with CNN, Morcilla said he saw police shoot, use tear gas and try to break the glass and take the attacker out. "This shows once again that the terror threat level in France is high".

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters near the scene Monday that the man's motives weren't immediately clear, but that weapons and explosives were found in the vehicle.

Visitors to an art exhibit showcasing Auguste Rodin's works in the centre of the French capital were confined inside the Grand Palais for an hour after the attack.

The 33-year-old man, who did not succeed in injuring any officers, was "known to the police and thought to be radicalised", said a source.

"I couldn't understand, but I find it really odd that a auto would pass (police) vans and all of a sudden spit fire, " said Pfister.

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