Terrorists have once again struck at the heart of Paris, killing one policeman and injuring two others on the iconic Champs Elysee, just three days to the France’s presidential election.
A car reportedly pulled up alongside a police bus just before 19:00 GMT and a man got out, opening fire on the bus, with an automatic weapon, the BBC writes.
After killing an officer, he attempted to run away while shooting randomly and injuring two other officers before he was gunned down.
The Champs Elysees, where the shooting occurred, was sealed off as an anti-terrorist investigation is launched.
“On the face of it, the officers were deliberately targeted,” interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.
Local media reports that the killer was known to the security services and had talked of wanting to kill police officers on the Telegram messaging service.
There are also reports of gunshots near the Marks & Spencer store, which provoked a panicked rush away from the scene by tourists and passers-by.
Islamist militancy has been a major issue in the country following recent jihadist attacks that have killed 238 since 2015.
The leading candidates in the presidential election have reacted to news of the attack, with far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen tweeting: “I feel for and stand by our security forces, who have been targeted again”
Meanwhile at the White House, US President Donald Trump called for strength and vigilance in the face of terror.
“Our condolences from our country to the people of France,” he said. “It looks like another terrorist attack and… what can you say? It just never ends.”