Car Rams Police Vehicle, Explodes on Paris' Champs-Elysees

Car rams police van on Paris' Champs Elysees, driver dead

Car rams police van on Paris' Champs Elysees, driver dead

The interior minister said the man was killed in the incident.

France's interior minister has said that a driver who rammed a auto into police in an "attempted attack" on security forces on the Champs-Elysees was carrying a "number of firearms and explosives".

The incident occurred nearly two months to the day after a policeman was shot and killed nearby in the runup to the first round of France's presidential election.

On Monday, an unidentified man rammed his vehicle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris, according to CNN, which also reports that the collision appears to have been intentional.

"Security forces have been targeted in France once again", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, adding that the situation is now under control.

The "radicalised" attacker was later pictured being stripped naked by bomb squad officers.

Security analysts say vehicle attacks often represent last-ditch attempts at violence that are hard to prevent.

Police were treating the incident as a deliberate attack, and the Paris prosecutor had opened an anti-terror investigation as of late Monday afternoon.

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The auto hit the front of the police van as it was overtaking a convoy of police vehicles, a police spokeswoman said. They say he has been arrested after being injured in a subsequent apparent clash with police. No civilians or law enforcement were hurt.

The national police Twitter account for France tweeted earlier that there was an: "Ongoing police operation" and warning people to respect the police and the security operation.

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

Police tell The Associated Press that the suspect is from a suburb of Paris and had been "flagged for links to extremism".

Authorities advised people to avoid the area.

A man could be seen lying on his stomach on the ground immediately after the incident, wearing a white shirt and dark shorts.

As informs Agency Reuters, the police cordoned off the area around the théâtre Marigny and recommended that the capital's residents and tourists not to approach the Champs-élysées.

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