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Champs Elysees attack: What we know

PARIS: A gunman shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others on the world-famous Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on Thursday night, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Here is what we currently know about the shooting, which took place just days before the first round of the French election.

The attack

At approximately 9pm, the gunman pulled out an automatic weapon and opened fire on a police van just a few hundred metres from the iconic Arc de Triomphe on one of the world s most famous boulevards.

One officer was killed and the gunman fled on foot. During the ensuing gun battle – witnesses spoke of a short but intense exchange of fire – the suspected attacker was killed and two other officers wounded.

The Champs Elysees, busy with tourists and locals on a pleasant spring evening, became a scene of panic. Diners in some restaurants took refuge in basements while pandemonium broke out in the nearest metro station, according to w

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