Paris gunman was French national, says Belgian interior minister

"It's a awful thing...it looks like another terrorist attack". ISIS claimed the attack, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.

Police seal off the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France, after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Two other officers were injured, as was a female tourist. Archive reports by French newspaper Le Parisien say that Cheurfi was convicted of attacking a police officer in 2001.

Hollande said a bystander was also struck by a bullet in the incident. Thoughts are with his family. The auto was abandoned at the scene.

Police have not identified a motive in the attack.

On June 13, two police officers were killed in front of their 8-year-old son at their home outside Paris.

Police raided the man's home in a Paris suburb after the violence on the bustling, world-famous boulevard.

Voters in France go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the presidential elections.

Police have swarmed on the iconic boulevard.

French President Francois Hollande promised "absolute vigilance, particularly with regard to the electoral process" and paid tribute to the police. He has called a defence council meeting for 8am on Friday, The Guardian reports.

"We had to hide our customers in the basement", Choukri Chouanine, manager of a restaurant near the site of the shooting, told AFP, saying there was "lots of gunfire".

A policeman was killed on the Champs-Elysees this evening by a shooter who was then shot dead.

1 police officer killed, 1 wounded in shooting along Champs Elysees
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tweeted, "My emotions and solidarity for the police, once again targeted". Police and soldiers sealed off the area, ordering tourists back into hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, one of the front-runners, tweeted: "My emotions and solidarity for the police, once again targeted". Candidates canceled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday's first round vote.

Several of the attackers behind the November 2015 attack in Paris, which left 130 people dead and hundreds more injured, were finally discovered at the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek.

Like the attacks in late 2015 on the Bataclan Theatre and the 10th arrondissement restaurants, it appeared created to strike at the cultural heart of one of Europe's most important cities.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said the attacker deliberately targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station about 9pm Thursday (5am Friday AEST).

Paris police used Twitter to ask people to stay away.

The French Police tweeted, "Police intervention underway in the area of the #ChampsElysees avoid the sector and follow the instructions of the police forces". "Immediately a man got out and fired on the police vehicle, mortally wounding a police officer", Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. "Other policemen engaged and shot and killed the attacker", Brandet said.

The Arc de Triomphe monument and the top half of the Champs Elysees were packed with police vans, lights flashing and heavily armed police shutting the area down after what was described by one journalist as a major exchange of fire.

Another reportedly said they saw a man get out of a auto and begin firing a Kalashnikov rifle.

"It looks like another terror attack", Trump said during a joint news conference with Italy's prime minister at the White House.

The Presidential Palace, the Elysee, is only a few blocks away. A prosecutor in Belgium's Antwerp told the AP: "That man came to police late yesterday after he saw himself appear on social media as terror suspect No. 1 relating to yesterday's facts", adding: "He was not part of a terrorism investigation".

France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of terror alert, with jihadist-inspired assaults killing more than 230 people in recent years.

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