Authorities in Paris say an attacker who killed a police officer and wounded another in the Champs-Elysees shopping district has been shot dead. (April 20)
Police have searched a home in the Paris suburb of Chelles after Thursday’s terror attack that left one police officer dead and two other people wounded.
Authorities believe the residence east of Paris that is home to Karim Cheurfi, 39, is linked to the shooting that took place on the Champs-Elysees, the Associated Press reported.
Cheurfi has a police record and is known to authorities, according to the Associated Press and CNN.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting in which the assailant died in the exchange of gunfire.
The assault in the popular tourist area came just three days before a critical presidential election in which security has loomed as a major issue.
The Islamic State identified the attacker as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki through its Amaq news agency, according to SITE Intel Group, a U.S.-based organization that monitors terrorists’ activity online.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert initially told the AP that the gunman deliberately targeted police on guard near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station, and appeared to act alone. On Thursday evening, the Telegraph reported that police in Paris issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect who arrived by train from Belgium.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM television that a man stepped from a car and…
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