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Anti-terror probe opened in Paris car attack

Anti-terror probe opened in Paris car attack”

A man carrying guns and explosives died when he rammed a vehicle into a police van Monday on Paris' famed Champs-Élysées in what officials characterize as a deliberate attack.

The auto hit the front of the van as it was overtaking a convoy of police vehicles, a police spokeswoman said.

The small white auto caught on fire after the collision with the mobile police unit.

The armed driver deliberately plowed into the police vehicle, authorities said, and he later died.

The Paris prosecutor's office is opening an anti-terror investigation into the incident. The Paris police bomb squad, immediately summoned to the site, helped extinguish the flames. The Champs-Elysees was closed to traffic.

France has been under a state of emergency since a series of terror attacks in November 2015.

"This shows again that the level of terrorist threat is still extremely high in France", the minister told reporters at the scene.

The tweet Monday confirmed an attack had taken place on Paris' famed Champs-Elysees.

This was the fifth time in the past four months that French police have been targeted in Paris.

It is unclear why the attacker, who has been arrested, drove into the police.

On Monday, police cordoned off a broad swathe of the Champs-Elysees avenue that cuts through central Paris, warning people to avoid the area. France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.



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