Security incident on Champs Elysees after car rams police van

The Champs Elysees, which culminates in the Arc de Triomphe (seen here in this stock photo) is one of Paris's most iconic landmarks

The Champs Elysees, which culminates in the Arc de Triomphe (seen here in this stock photo) is one of Paris's most iconic landmarks

Monday, June 19, 2017

Police have confirmed a security incident on the Champs Elysees in central Paris, after a man drove his car into a police van.

The driver is believed to have died, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman cited by The Local, which also reports that the car was car was carrying a gas canister and that the man was armed.

The car, a Renault Megane, crashed into a police vehicle this afternoon in what officers have said was likely a deliberate attack. Witnesses reported that police had cordoned off the iconic avenue and people are being advised to ignore the area.

Officials were subsequently quoted as saying that an attacker had been "downed", and were quick to reassure the public that there had been no casualties from the incident.

Anti-terror police have been called in to oversee the investigation, as France deals with yet another troubling incident in its capital city.

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.

 

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