A gunman shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others on the world-famous Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on Thursday night, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Here is more about the attack:
At approximately 1900 GMT, the gunman pulled out an automatic weapon and opened fire on a police van just a few hundred metres from the iconic Arc de Triomphe on one of the world’s most famous boulevards.
One officer was killed and the gunman fled on foot. During the ensuing gun battle, the suspected attacker was killed and two other officers wounded.
Terror strikes back
The Islamic State jihadist group claimed that one of their “fighters” carried out the attack but said it was “Abu Yussef the Belgian”, whereas French authorities believe the perpetrator was a Frenchman living in the Paris suburbs. He has been identified as 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi.