GUN­MAN KILLS OF­FI­CER IN PARIS

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By James McAu­ley and Wil­liam Branigin

Two others were wounded in the at­tack on po­lice on the Champs-El­y­sees. The Is­lamic State has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the shoot­ing.

PARIS — A gun­man opened fire on French po­lice Thurs­day on Paris’ bestkilling one of­fi­cer and wound­ing two others be­fore be­ing fa­tally shot him­self in an in­ci­dent that raised the specter of re­newed ter­ror­ism just three days be­fore vot­ers go to the polls to elect a new pres­i­dent.

The Is­lamic State, through its af­fil­i­ated Amaq news agency, quickly claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, which sent pan­icked pedes­tri­ans flee­ing into side streets and prompted po­lice to seal off the renowned Champs-El­y­sees, close metro sta­tions and or­der tourists back into their ho­tels. The ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion said the at­tack was car­ried out by a Bel­gian na­tional it iden­ti­fied only as Abu Yusuf alBaljiki, a pseu­do­nym.

There­was no im­me­di­ate con­fir­ma­tion that the Is­lamic State was be­hind the shoot­ing. French of­fi­cials de­clined to at­tach a mo­tive to the at­tack, al­though they said po­lice were de­lib­er­ately tar­geted and that they were open­ing ter­ror­ism investigation.

A Euro­pean se­cu­rity of­fi­cial told The Wash­ing­ton Post that the dead at­tacker was knownto French in­tel­li­gence, hav­ing pre­vi­ously come to au­thor­i­ties’ at­ten­tion for rad­i­cal Is­lamist links. Two of­fi­cials said the gun­man used an AK-47 as­sault ri­fle in the at­tack.

The French In­te­rior Min­istry said one po­lice of­fi­cer was killed on the spot and two others were “se­ri­ously wounded” when the gun­man opened fire on a po­lice car. The min­istry said se­cu­rity forces gunned down the at­tacker as he tried to flee on foot.

A spokes­woman for the Paris po­lice, Jo­hanna Primev­ert, said the gun­man at­tacked po­lice guard­ing an area near the Franklin Roo­sevelt metro sta­tion Thurs­day night at the cen­ter of the heav­ily trav­eled Champs-El­y­sees.

She said the at­tacker ap­peared to act alone, but other of­fi­cials said it was too soon to tell whether he might have had an ac­com­plice.

The Reuters news agency re­ported that po­lice is­sued an ar­rest­war­rant for a sec­ond sus­pect who they said had ar­rived in France by train fromBel­gium.

In­te­rior Min­istry spokesman Pierre-Henry Bran­det told France’s BFM tele­vi­sion that the gun­man got out of a car that pulled up be­side a po­lice ve­hi­cle and opened fire on the po­lice of­fi­cers.

“It’s too early to say what’s be­hind this, but clearly po­lice were the tar­get,” he said. “We don’t know yet what his mo­ti­va­tions were.” There were con­flict­ing re­ports about whether an­other per­son was in the gun­man’s car.

In Wash­ing­ton, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence with the Ital­ian prime min­is­ter that the Paris shoot­ing “looks like an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack,” and he of­fered con­do­lences to France.

“Again it’s hap­pen­ing, it seems,” Trump said. “I just sawit as Iwaswalk­ing in. ... That’s a very, very ter­ri­ble thing that’s go­ing on in the world today. But it looks like an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack.”

The in­ci­dent oc­curred three days be­fore France holds the first round of a hotly con­tested pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, with can­di­dates from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum vy­ing to suc­ceed Fran­cois Hol­lande.

THOMAS SAM­SON/AFP

French sol­diers stand guard at the Arc de Tri­om­phe near the Champs El­y­sees in Paris af­ter a shoot­ing.

OLIVIER CORSAN/ZUMA PRESS

Po­lice se­cure the Champs-El­y­sees on Thurs­day af­ter a gun­man shot and killed one po­lice of­fi­cer and wounded two others. Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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