Jit­tery Paris dodges ter­ror mas­sacre

New York Post - - NEWS - Ruth Brown

Paris nar­rowly avoided another ter­ror­ism blood­bath Mon­day when a man plowed a car filled with gas can­is­ters and guns into a po­lice van on the Champs-Elysées — but killed only him­self.

The at­tack comes two months af­ter an ISIS gun­man killed a po­lice of­fi­cer and wounded two oth­ers on the famed street.

Po­lice did not iden­tify Mon­day’s at­tacker, but of­fi­cials told The As­so­ci­ated Press he was a 31-year-old from the Paris sub­urb of Ar­gen­teuil who was al­ready flagged as a po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist.

He had a Kalash­nikov ri­fle, hand­guns and gas can­is­ters in the car when he rammed it into the van near the Grand Palais ex­hi­bi­tion hall at around 3:40 p.m., po­lice sources told Agence France-Presse.

The mix of arms and ex­plo­sives was enough to “po­ten­tially blow this car up,” French In­te­rior Min­is­ter Gerard Col­lomb said. By­standers ran for their lives. “Peo­ple were run­ning ev­ery which way,” a 51-year-old man named Alexan­dre told AFP. “Some shouted at me to get away.”

France has been un­der a state of emer­gency since Novem­ber 2015, when ter­ror­ists killed 130 peo­ple across Paris.

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