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Paris shooting: One police officer killed, two injured near Champs Elysee

  • Police officer shot dead, two seriously wounded
  • Attacker with automatic weapon killed
  • French prosecutors open terrorism investigation
  • Islamic State extremist group claims responsibility for the attack

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Armed police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris following yesterday's shooting of a police officer on April 21 2017.

Armed police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris following yesterday's shooting of a police officer on April 21 2017.

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French President Francois Hollande (C), French President's Chief of Staff, Jean-Pierre Jouyet (L), French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl (Rear C), French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (C-R), head of Hollande's communication service Gaspard Gantzer (R) and French Justice Minister, Jean-Jacques Urvoas (Rear L) attend a meeting of the Defense Council on April 21, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, after a gunman opened fire on police on the Champs Elysees a day before.

French President Francois Hollande (C), French President's Chief of Staff, Jean-Pierre Jouyet (L), French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl (Rear C), French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (C-R), head of Hollande's communication service Gaspard Gantzer (R) and French Justice Minister, Jean-Jacques Urvoas (Rear L) attend a meeting of the Defense Council on April 21, 2017 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, after a gunman opened fire on police on the Champs Elysees a day before.

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A bullet hole is pictured on a shopwindow of the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, Friday, April 21, 2017.

A bullet hole is pictured on a shopwindow of the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, Friday, April 21, 2017.

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A police officer blocks the access to a road near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017.
French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard.
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A police officer blocks the access to a road near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017. French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard. / AFP PHOTO / Benjamin CremelBENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Tourists take pictures on the Champs Elysees avenue near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris on April 21 ,2017, a day after a gunman opened fire on police on the avenue, killing a policeman and wounding two others in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group just days before the first round of the presidential election. / AFP PHOTO / Philippe LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Tourists take pictures on the Champs Elysees avenue near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris on April 21 ,2017, a day after a gunman opened fire on police on the avenue, killing a policeman and wounding two others in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group just days before the first round of the presidential election. / AFP PHOTO / Philippe LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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A police officer holds an assault rifle near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017.
French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard.
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A police officer holds an assault rifle near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017. French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

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A police officer stands guard after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A police officer stands guard after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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People leave a road near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017.
French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard.
 / AFP PHOTO / Benjamin CremelBENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images

People leave a road near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017. French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard. / AFP PHOTO / Benjamin CremelBENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Firefighters and rescuers stand by the site of a shooting on the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017.
One police officer was killed and another wounded today in a shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees, police said just days ahead of France's presidential election. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed in the incident on the world famous boulevard that is popular with tourists.
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Firefighters and rescuers stand by the site of a shooting on the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017. One police officer was killed and another wounded today in a shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees, police said just days ahead of France's presidential election. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed in the incident on the world famous boulevard that is popular with tourists. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

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Police officers block the access of a street near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017.
One police officer was killed and another wounded today in a shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees, police said just days ahead of France's presidential election. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed in the incident on the world famous boulevard that is popular with tourists.
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Police officers block the access of a street near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. One police officer was killed and another wounded today in a shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees, police said just days ahead of France's presidential election. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed in the incident on the world famous boulevard that is popular with tourists. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

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Police officers block the access of a street near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Police officers block the access of a street near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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Police officers patrol near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017.
French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard.
 / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

Police officers patrol near the site of a shooting at the Champs Elysees in Paris on April 20, 2017. French anti-terror prosecutors said they opened a probe today into the shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees that killed one police officer and wounded two others. France's interior ministry said the attacker was killed after opening fire on police in the early evening on the world-famous boulevard. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

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Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

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PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 20:  Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. One police officer has been killed, and a second injured by a gunman on The Champs Elysees. Security is heightened in Paris with the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 20: Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. One police officer has been killed, and a second injured by a gunman on The Champs Elysees. Security is heightened in Paris with the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

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A police officer stands guard after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, Thursday, April 20, 2017. French media are reporting that two police officers were shot Thursday on the famed shopping boulevard. Many police vehicles can be seen on the avenue that passes many of the city's most iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A police officer stands guard after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, Thursday, April 20, 2017. French media are reporting that two police officers were shot Thursday on the famed shopping boulevard. Many police vehicles can be seen on the avenue that passes many of the city's most iconic landmarks. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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In this image made from video, police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Thursday April 20, 2017.  (AP Photo)

In this image made from video, police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Thursday April 20, 2017. (AP Photo)

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Armed police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris following yesterday's shooting of a police officer on April 21 2017.

A police officer has been killed and two others seriously injured in a shooting near the Champs Elysee in central Paris.

A gunman with an automatic weapon was shot dead in the attack. Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said that an attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station on Thursday night at the centre of the avenue popular with tourists.

The French Interior Ministry said the attack deliberately targeted police officers guarding the area.

Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a car and opened fire on a police vehicle.

Mr Brandet said the police officers were "deliberately" targeted.

He said it was too early to say whether the attacker might have had an accomplice, and said authorities were studying multiple potential motives.

Many police vehicles could be seen on the avenue that passes many of the city's most iconic landmarks.

A French government spokesman said the attacker used a "war weapon" to fire on the officers.

French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a car and opened fire on a police vehicle. He said officers were "deliberately" targeted.

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In this image made from video, police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Thursday April 20, 2017.  (AP Photo)

In this image made from video, police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Thursday April 20, 2017. (AP Photo)

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In this image made from video, police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, Thursday April 20, 2017. (AP Photo)

A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man's body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police.

A heavy police presence in Rue De Rivoli was reported earlier in the day.

Police are warning people to avoid the area and the surrounding streets have been cordoned off.

French prosecutors said they have now opened a terrorism investigation into the attack.

US President Donald Trump, speaking in Washington during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, said the shooting "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent his condolences to France.

The incident recalled two recent attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris, one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport last month.

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Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

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Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

The shooting comes just a few days before France’s presidential election.

Candidates have expressed solidarity with police forces following the shooting.

France's president Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances surrounding the attack on the police officers pointed to a terrorist act and has convened a National Defence and Security Council to meet on Friday morning.

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Police officers block the access of a street near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Police officers block the access of a street near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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Police officers block the access of a street near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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