Driver of bomb-laden car killed in failed strike in heart of Paris
PARIS | A man on the radar of French authorities for extremism was killed Monday after ramming a car carrying arms and explosives into a police convoy on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees Ave., setting off a fiery blast and a cloud of orange smoke, officials said.
Gendarmes jumped out of the vehicle, ran to the car, smashed its windows and pulled out the driver in an apparent attempt to save him, according to witness accounts. No one else was injured despite the crowds of tourists and others walking down the avenue on a hot sunny day, the Paris police department said.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called it an “attempted attack” and said it “shows once again that the threat level in France is extremely high.” If confirmed as a deliberate attack, this would be the fifth time this year that police forces have been targeted around the French capital.