Driver Rams Into Police Van on Paris' Champs Élysées
The attacker is dead, no other injuries reported
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2017 3:15 PM CDT
Police attend the scene on Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. A man on the radar of French authorities was killed Monday after ramming a car carrying explosives into a police vehicle...   (AP Photo/Matthieu Alexandre)
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(Newser) – An anti-terror investigation has been opened in France after a man rammed a car carrying firearms and a gas canister into a police van on Paris' famed Champs Élysées Monday afternoon. The driver, reportedly a 31-year-old French national who had known links to suspected extremists and was on a terror watchlist, was killed in the incident; no other injuries were reported. France's interior minister described the incident as an "attempted attack" on a convoy of police vehicles that were on the avenue, the Guardian reports. An explosion followed the collision, and a journalist on the scene says he saw police break the car's windows in order to pull the driver out. Bomb squad officers were on the scene, the AP reports.

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