ISIS, aka the scum of the earth, claimed responsibility shooting attack in Paris in Paris on Thursday, which left a police officer dead and two others seriously injured. Just proving, once again, they need to be wiped off the face of our planet.
— Ro Maher (@RonayneMaher) April 20, 2017
In a statement from its Amaq news agency, the extremist group gave a pseudonym for the shooter indicating he was Belgian.
The claim of responsibility came unusually swiftly for the group, which has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria.
The French interior ministry said it was too early to tell what the motive was for the attack in the Champs-Elysees but President Francois Hollande said he was convinced it was a terrorist attack.
An emergency meeting of security, defence and intelligence officials would be held on Friday, he said in a televised statement.
Mr Hollande said: “We shall be of the utmost vigilance, especially in relation to the election.”
A counter-terrorism investigation has been opened and police officials said the suspect, who was killed by officers, had previously been flagged as an extremist.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 20, 2017
Not long after the attack happened, a witness told French news media, “Suddenly everyone got up and started running, we didn’t even have the time to understand what was happening. We heard one or two gunshots. We ran. I really didn’t understand what was happening, we moved down the street, police told us to move down further,” they continued, “I didn’t see if they were two, three or just one assailant. We just ran. We heard two gunshots. All the people sat on the terrace got up and ran, chairs were falling over.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 20, 2017
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