ISIS Claims Responsibility in Paris Police Shooting Attack

ISIS Claims Responsibility in Paris Police Shooting Attack

"Another terrorist attack in Paris. Immediately a man got out and fired on the police vehicle, mortally wounding a police officer", Brandet said.

According to French officials, the attacker had already served jail-time in 2000's for attacking police officials with a gun.

One officer was killed and the gunman fled on foot.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a message on Twitter late Thursday saying "Canada stands with France, as we always will, against terror".

On Friday, French authorities said a suspect sought by Belgium police, who was suspected of having planned to travel to France on Thursday, had handed himself in at a police station in the Belgian city of Antwerp.

French President Francois Hollande promised "absolute vigilance, particularly with regard to the electoral process" and paid tribute to the police.

Now, it remains empty and heavily guarded by armed security forces and police.

On Thursday, speaking after a television appearance, she said she was "deeply angry" as well as sad for the police victims "because not everything is done.to protect our compatriots".

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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French people still haunted by a series of terrorist atrocities carried out by attackers with foreign links or allegiance to IS terrorism.

"I am deeply sad tonight", said the president.

Police have searched a home in a suburb east of Paris believed linked to the attack on police on the Champs-Elysees. Belgian security officials had warned French counterparts before the attack that El Osri was a "very risky individual en route to France" aboard the Thalys high-speed train. Parliament voted in December to extend the extraordinary provisions to ensure the protection of upcoming presidential and general elections.

A vehicle pulled up alongside a police bus just before 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and a man got out, opening fire on the bus with an automatic weapon, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. The two men are suspected of planning an attack to disrupt the campaign.

US President Donald Trump said: 'It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say?

Major attacks in France targeted the Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015, sites around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall in November the same year and families at a fireworks display in Nice in July last year.

National Front's Marine Le Pen was once a fringe candidate, but is now considered a front-runner in Sunday's election.

On the iconic avenue in the heart of Paris, municipal workers in white hygiene suits were out before dawn Friday to wash down the sidewalk where the assault took place - a scene now depressingly familiar after multiple attacks that have killed more than 230 people in France in little over two years.

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