Paris Champs-Élysées incident: Suspected attacker 'downed'

Paris Champs-Élysées incident: Suspected attacker 'downed'

Paris Champs-Élysées incident: Suspected attacker 'downed'

Paris' bomb squad is investigating after a auto rammed into a police van then burst into flames on the Champs-Elysees Monday morning, according to reports.

Mr Collomb said the vehicle was carrying explosives and attempted to ram a police convoy in an "attempted attack" on security forces. It's the second time this year that police have been targeted on Paris' most famous thoroughfare.

"This shows the level of threat in France is extremely high", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said near the site of the incident. At least 84 people died in a truck attack on a crowd in Nice a year ago and similar incidents have occurred in London and Berlin.

The French national gendarmerie service said no-one was hurt in the incident.

The country remains on high alert after a string of terror attacks, including an assault on the Champs Elysees in April, which saw a police officer killed.

"#ChampsElysees situation under control, no one from the police force or the public was injured", Paris police tweeted from their official account. It is not yet clear what led to the heavy police presence.

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The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an anti-terror investigation into the incident, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. The officials weren't authorized to be publicly named.

They said the suspect, wearing a white shirt...

Police in Paris have confirmed that a security operation is underway in the Champs-Elysees shopping district.

Police issued ongoing updates on Twitter warning people to avoid the area.

Police closed two of the Metro stations on the Champs-Elysees, but two hours after the attack tourists were back taking selfies of the Arc de Triomphe and visiting shops. "There will be deaths", before two of the soldier's comrades shot the attacker dead.

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