IS group claims Paris at­tack on po­lice of­fi­cers

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

PARIS (AP) — A gun­man opened fire on po­lice on Paris’ iconic Champs-El­y­sees boule­vard Thurs­day night, killing one of­fi­cer and wound­ing three peo­ple be­fore po­lice shot and killed him. The Is­lamic State group quickly claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

French pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates can­celed or resched­uled last-minute cam­paign events ahead of Sun­day’s first round vote in the tense elec­tion. Se­cu­rity al­ready was a dom­i­nant theme in the race, and the vi­o­lence on the sparkling boule­vard threat­ened to weigh on vot­ers’ de­ci­sions.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were con­duct­ing searches early Fri­day in at least one eastern sub­urb of Paris, ac­cord­ing to three po­lice of­fi­cials. Au­thor­i­ties were try­ing to de­ter­mine whether the as­sailant had ac­com­plices, anti-ter­ror­ism prose­cu­tor Fran­cois Molins told re­porters at the scene.

The at­tacker emerged from a car and used an au­to­matic weapon to shoot at of­fi­cers out­side a Marks & Spencer’s store at the cen­ter of the Champs-El­y­sees, Molins said. Two po­lice of­fi­cers and a woman tourist were wounded, he said.

The Is­lamic State group’s claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity just a few hours af­ter the at­tack came un­usu­ally swiftly for the ex­trem­ist group.

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