Paris: Explosive laden car rams into police truck, attacker killed

RSTV Bureau
French security officials at Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France on 19 June 2017.

French security officials at Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, France on 19 June 2017.

A car laden with explosives, an assault rifle and grenades Monday noon rammed into a police truck in Champs-Elysees avenue in French capital Paris in a suspected terror attack. After the collission the car exploded and was engulfed in the flames, that likely killed the suspected attacker.

French interior minister Gérard Collomb described the incident as an attack on the country’s security forces. France has witnessed multiple terror attacks in last several months and remains in the state of ‘emergency’ since November 2015.

The driver of a car which ploughed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris today is “very likely dead”, an interior ministry spokesman said.

“A bomb disposal operation is under way to ensure the vehicle poses no further danger,” spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said at the scene.

A source close to the investigation had earlier said the driver was “seriously injured”.

Police said earlier that the driver was “on the ground… unconscious.”

Police and judicial sources said they suspect the incident was a deliberate act.

The incident came just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, three days before the first round of France’s presidential election.

A note praising the Islamic State group was found next to the body of the gunman, Karim Cheurfi, in that incident.

Police later found other weapons in Cheurfi’s car including a shotgun and knives.