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. (Read more Paris stories.)

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