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French Police Targeted in Paris Terror, Suspect Dead

French Police Targeted in Paris Terror, Suspect Dead”

A 31-year-old man on a jihadist watchlist rammed a auto loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees on Monday but inflicted no casualties, in the latest of a string of attacks in Paris, sources said.

An investigating source said: "There was a sudden impact, and then a fireball".

A man has rammed his auto into a police vehicle in the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris, French officials said.

It imposed emergency security rules in the wake of the 2015 attacks which killed 130 people.

Collomb will introduce a proposal to extend the state of emergency in France at a meeting of ministers on Wednesday. No injuries were reported in the incident as the explosion was limited to the inside of the driver's vehicle, police said.

A suspected attacker is dead after driving into a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees, officials in Paris have said.

The interior ministry is terming the incident an attempted attack and security around the city was beefed up following the incident.

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

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The Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism unit said an investigation had been opened into the Paris incident a short walk from the Elysee presidential palace and the USA embassy.

Earlier, police advised people to avoid the area, as about 20 police vans and several armed officers surrounded the man on the ground.

Four suspects were detained overnight in the anti-terrorism probe into Monday's attack, the Paris prosecutor's office announced.

He added that "a number of weapons, explosives to blow up this car" were discovered at the scene.

Police have closed two of the Metro stations on the Champs-Elysees, a world-renowned avenue lined with shops and cinemas that is a major tourist draw in the French capital.

The interior minister said the current situation in France shows a new security law he is to present is needed to eventually "maintain a high security level" without the state of emergency. No police officers or passers-by were hurt in the attack.

Police and security forces have been repeatedly attacked by extremists in France.

France is under a state of emergency following a string of terror attacks since 2015.



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