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Police officer killed, 2 seriously injured in Paris Champs Elysees attack

PARIS — A French police officer has been shot dead and two were seriously injured in an attack in central Paris, the French Interior Ministry has said.

Brandet said apart from the policeman killed on the spot by the attacker, two police officers had been seriously wounded. The gunman was also shot dead.

But he said a second policeman had not died of his wounds, as had been earlier reported.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin D Roosevelt metro stop on the Champs Elysees on Thursday night (local time) at the centre of the avenue, which is popular with tourists.

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The shooting took place on the central boulevard of Champs Elysees. The suspected attacker was also killed in the shootout, according to police.

President Francois Hollande said the shooting was of “terrorist nature” as Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Addressing the nation following a crisis meeting at the presidential palace, French President Francois Hollande said that all leads indicate that the attack was of a “terrorist nature.”

French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation into the attack on the officers.

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