Paris, Apr 21: A policeman was killed and two others were left wounded after a man open fired in central Paris at Champs Elysees boulevard on Thursday night. The attack came few days before the French presidential elections which is scheduled to happen on April 23. The Islamic State (IS) group took the responsibility of shooting via its Amaq news agency while naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.
The incident was condemned by President Francois Hollande who was convinced that the shooting, in which the assailant was himself shot dead by the police, was an act of terrorism. Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump too expressed shock over the incident.
Here are 10 development in the Paris shooting
- The attack was carried out around 9 pm on Thursday night when a car stopped near a parked vehicle of the police. “A man got out and fired on the police vehicle,” Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.
- After killing the officer and injuring his colleagues, the gunman was shot dead in retaliatory fire. He was reportedly trying to flee on foot, police sources said.
- The attack was carried out by Abu Yousif al-Belgiki, claimed the Islamic State group which took the responsibility of Thursday’s shooting through its Amaq news agency.
- A heavy police force thronged Arc de Triomphe monument and the top half of the Champs Elysees. Both the areas were packed with police vans. Heavily armed police had even shut down the area.
- In the aftermath of the attack, French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon cancelled a planned election campaign outing which was scheduled Friday which would anyhow has to end on Friday evening.
- The incident was condemned by President Francois Hollande who was convinced that the shooting, in which the assailant was himself shot dead by the police, was an act of terrorism. (ALSO READ: Policeman shot dead in ISIS claimed attack at Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris; I thought I was going to die, says eye-witness)
- US President Donald Trump said during a news conference and said that the Paris shooting “looks like another terrorist attack.” While offering condolences to France, “Again it’s happening, it seems,” Trump said. “That’s a very, very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today. But it looks like another terrorist attack. And what can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I’ve been saying it for a long time.”
- According to an European security official, the gunman used an AK-47 assault rifle in the attack.
- Meanwhile, a search was launched at the home of the dead attacker in eastern Paris on suspicion that there was another person involved in the shooting.
- Police have ordered the people to stay away from the area. At least three metro stations were closed, as informed by the Interior Ministry of France.
During the last two years, France has witnessed a spate of Islamist militant attacks which have left claimed the lives of over 230 people.
In November 2015, Paris was rocked by near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites. This attack had claimed 130 lives and had left 368 others wounded. The attack was carried out by the Islamic State.
In July 2016, a Tunisian man rammed a truck through a crowd in the southern city of Nice killing 86 people.