Friday, April 21, 2017

Paris Champs-Elysees Terrorist Attack On Police

Paris Champs-Elysees Terrorist Attack On Police --- ===


2017 shooting of Paris police officers  One policeman has been killed and another has been critically injured after a man opened fire at police officers at the Champs-Élysées in central Paris. The gunman was killed while attempting to escape, and a bystander has been injured. ISIS claims responsibility for the attack although the claim is doubted. The President of France Francois Hollande says that all leads indicate that the attack was of a "terrorist nature". (ABC News America via Yahoo!) (BBC), (The New York Times) (Le Parisien)


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2017 shooting of Paris police officers
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2017 shooting of Paris police officers
2017 shooting of Paris police officers (Paris)
LocationParis, France
Coordinates48°52′11″N 2°18′30″E
Date20 April 2017
21:00 (CET)
TargetPolice officers on the Champs-Élysées
Attack type
Shooting attack
WeaponsAK-47
Deaths2 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
3
Suspected perpetrators
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (claimed responsibility)
Karim Cheurfi
No. of participants
2 (one deceased)
On 20 April 2017, three police officers were shot by an assailant wielding a Kalashnikov rifle on the Champs-Élysées, a shopping boulevard in ParisFrance. One was killed and two others, along with another person, were seriously injured before the attacker was killed. An accomplice in the attack was also identified. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility.

Background[edit]

At the time of the shooting, France was on high alert in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, and also due to the first round of the 2017 presidential election, which was scheduled in three days. Police officers and soldiers have been targeted in a spate of previous attacks, which included the killing of a police officer on the Champs-Élysées; that murder was attributed to organized crime.[1][2][3] Two men were arrested in Marseille two days prior to the attack, for allegedly planning a terrorist attack.[4]

Shooting[edit]

At around 21:00, a man pulled up next to a police van in a car. He quickly got out and started firing into the van, which was parked in the area near the Marks & Spencer store. Three officers were struck, one fatally.[5][6] The officers were guarding the entrance of Franklin D. Roosevelt metro station at the time.[7]Initial reports that two police officers died were debunked.[8][9] The shooter then attempted to flee the scene on foot, firing at other people as he did, but was shot and killed by other responding officers.[6][9] An unidentified female tourist was also injured by "fragments from the shooting".[10]Local reports said the attacker's car contained a shotgun and a knife, indicating he was preparing for a more extended assault.
The avenue was closed down and civilians evacuated.[11] Paris police released a tweet warning people to stay away from the area, followed by another tweet stating that there was a "police intervention underway".[8] Investigators initially said the incident may have been related to a robbery,[12] but an anti-terror investigation was later launched.[5]

Perpetrators[edit]

The attacker was already known to French authorities for radical Islamist activities. He was on the radar of the DGSI, France's domestic security service. He had a criminal record for violent robberies and a shooting in 2001, in which he shot two police officers when they pulled him over. While being arrested for that shooting, he managed to take a third officer's gun and shoot him three times before being subdued.[11]
ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack, also giving a pseudonym for the shooter as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki.[8][13] The claim also suggested that the attacker was from Belgium.[10] News outlets commented that the timing of the claim was "unusually swift".[9][14][15] A report based on a police document obtained by the Associated Press identified the attacker as 39-year-old French-born Karim Cheurfi,[16] but police did not verify his identity.[17]
After the shooting, an arrest warrant was issued for a second suspect who had arrived in France by train from Belgium.[18][19] The man was identified as Youssef El Osri.[20][21] French sources say the man flagged up by Belgian authorities in connection with the attack has turned himself in to Belgian police together with his lawyer Nabil Riffi. He denies having any connection to the attacks in Paris, and claims he was working on Thursday evening at Total at the Scheldelaan in Antwerp.[22][23]

Aftermath and reactions[edit]

President François Hollande called for an emergency security meeting at the Élysée Palace.[2] He later released a statement saying French authorities were "convinced" the shooting was a suspected terrorist attack.[clarification needed][1][9]
As the attack occurred three days before the first round of the French presidential election, three candidates canceled campaign events early as "a mark of respect", with centre-right candidate François Fillon urging others to do the same.[5][24] However, this action was met with criticism from some other candidates like far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who said the violence should not interfere with the election process.[25] Since the attack also occurred during a televised debate between all eleven candidates in the election, fears arose that extremists were hoping to influence the debate's tone.[26]With terrorism and security high priorities for Paris, reports[by whom?] have noted that the attack may serve as "ammunition" for right-wing candidates such as National Front leader Marine Le Pen, considered an outlier for her views on stronger border security and the deportation of radicalized foreigners, as well as Fillon.[24]
Following the shooting, US President Donald Trump expressed his condolences to the people of France and said, "[W]e have to be strong and we have to be vigilant."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b "Paris: French police officer killed in terrorist shooting on Champs Elysées". The Local. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b "Paris shooting: Police officers shot at Champs Elysees days out from French elections". News.com.au. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. Jump up^ McAuley, James; Branigin, William (20 April 2017). "French police come under fire in Paris; three reported shot". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. Jump up^ Jarry, Emmanuel; White, Sarah (20 April 2017). "France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections". Reuters. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c "Policeman and suspected gunman shot dead in Paris 'terror attack'". BBC News. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b Chrisafis, Angelique (20 April 2017). "Paris shooting: French policeman killed on Champs-Élysées". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b "Paris shooting: Gunman shoots 3 on Champs-Elysees, killing officer". CBS News. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  8. ^ Jump up to:a b c Keneally, Meghan (20 April 2017). "ISIS claims responsibility for Paris attack that left police officer dead". ABC News. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  9. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Breeden, Aurelien (20 April 2017). "Paris Shootout Leaves Police Officer and Gunman Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b Saliba, Emmanuelle; Siemaszko, Corky (20 April 2017). "Paris Shooting: One Police Officer Killed, Two Wounded in Champs-Elysees Attack". NBC News. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b Cruickshank, Paul; Ellis, Ralph; Bittermann, Jim (20 April 2017). "Paris gunman who killed police officer known to security forces, source says". CNN. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  12. Jump up^ Magnay, Jacquelin (20 April 2017). "Paris shooting: Two police officers killed". The Australian. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  13. Jump up^ "ISIS claims responsibility for shooting attack that killed Paris officer". Associated Press. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  14. Jump up^ Fedschun, Travis (20 April 2017). "Paris attack: 1 police officer killed, 2 seriously injured in shooting on Champs-Élysées‬‬; ISIS claims responsibility". Fox News. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  15. Jump up^ "Paris shooting: ISIS claims responsibility for attack on police officers". 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  16. Jump up^ "The Latest: Home of man with Paris-area conviction searched". ABC News. Associated Press. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  17. Jump up^ Alexander, Harriet (20 April 2017). "The French terror attacks carried out by Islamist extremists who were known to police". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  18. Jump up^ Henderson, Barney; Chazan, David; Samuel, Henry (20 April 2017). "Paris attack: police officer and suspect shot dead on Champs Elysees". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  19. Jump up^ Pretot, Julien; Jarry, Emmanuel (20 April 2017). "Islamic State claims Paris shooting, one policeman killed". Reuters. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  20. Jump up^ "Colpi di kalashnikov sugli Champs Elysees" (in Italian). The Huffington Post. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  21. Jump up^ "ATTENTATO ISIS A PARIGI, YOUSSEF EL OSRI L'ATTENTATORE". Newsly (in Italian). 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  22. Jump up^ AFP (20 April 2017). "#BREAKING Terror suspect sought by France in wake of Champs-Elysees attack has turned himself in to Belgian police" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. Jump up^ "Antwerpenaar schreeuwt onschuld uit: "Niets met Parijs te maken, ben gewoon op mijn werk"" [Man from Antwerp claims innocence: "Nothing to do with Paris, I was at work"] (in Dutch). Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  24. ^ Jump up to:a b Willsher, Kim (20 April 2017). "Fears that Paris shooting will affect presidental election as first round looms". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  25. Jump up^ Louet, Sophie; Rose, Michel (20 April 2017). "Paris shooting disrupts French election campaigning". Reuters. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  26. Jump up^ Samuel, Henry (20 April 2017). "How terrorism in France is having a huge impact on presidential election". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2017.

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  • identified as  Karim Cheurfi
  • shotgun and knives had been found in the suspect's car 
  • lived on the outskirts of the French capital.
  • country's president called a terrorist attack.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday: "Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!"

APR 21 2017, 7:44 AM ET
Paris Police Shooting: Attacker Was French, Had Long Criminal Record  NBC news describes him as more serial criminal than hardened terrorist. Arrested for ramming cars into police, seizing gun from police  by EOGHAN MACGUIRE, RICHARD ENGEL and NANCY ING PARIS — The gunman purportedly behind a shootout that killed a police officer and wounded two others in Paris has been named as 39-year-old French citizen who lived on the outskirts of the French capital. Although Karim Cheurfi was known to French authorities he was not on a watch list of people suspected of posing a security risk, a spokesperson for the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Paris Shooting: ISIS claims responsiblity for deadly Champs-Elysees attack WLS-TV One officer was killed and two police officers were seriously wounded when the attacker emerged from a car and used an automatic weapon to shoot at officers outside a Marks & Spencer's department store at the center of the Champs-Elysees, anti ... Paris shooter killed after firing on police, killing 1 officerCBC.ca Paris shooting: 3 wounded, 1 killed in shooting on Champs-Elysees
CBS News A still image from video footage shows Police investigators inspect the car used by the attacker on the Champs-Elysees Avenue after a policemen were killed and two others gravely wounded in a shooting incident in Paris, France, on Thu., April 20, 2017.

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The French interior ministry said it was too early to judge the reason behind the attack, but a counter-terrorism inquiry has been opened.

‘It looks like another terrorist attack,’ says Trump of Paris shooting….


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11 hours ago - 'It looks like another terrorist attack,' says Trump of Paris shooting ... Reuters, while other reports suggested robbery may have been the motive.

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Paris shooting: One police officer killed, another wounded on Champs ... A gunman jumped out of a car, killed a police officer and wounded two others on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris on Thursday night, in what French President Francois Hollande described as a terrorist-related attack.
www.smh.com.au › World17 hours ago - One policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in central ... an attempted armed robbery on one of the world's most expensive streets. 2nd suspect  the wanted man has previously been convicted of attacking an officer in 2001. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the shooting via its propaganda arm Amaq. It identified the attacker as one of its soldiers, naming him as Abu Yousif, a Belgian.

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