Paris Shootout Leaves One Police Officer, Gunman Dead


Police found a note defending ISIS near his body and believe he had "opened fire on the officers in the knowledge he would be killed by them", a source close to the investigation said.

Police check passersby near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting which left one officer dead and two wounded.

Meanwhile, IS identified the attacker as Abu-Yusuf al-Baljiki, in a statement carried by its Amaq news outlet.

However, Cheurfi was released due to lack of evidence, said two officials who spoke to AP anonymously.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a message on Twitter late Thursday saying "Canada stands with France, as we always will, against terror".

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Early on Friday, investigators searched a home in an eastern suburb of Paris as they suspect that it is linked to the attack.

National police spokesperson Jerome Bonet, speaking on BFM television, said "there were thousands of people" on the iconic boulevard in Paris when the gunman opened fire and that the rapid response of officers who shot and killed him avoided a possible "carnage".

The gunman pulled up next to the police vehicle, took out an automatic weapon and started shooting, New York Post quoted Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet, Efe news reported.

French presidential candidates Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen both said they would cancel campaign events that had been scheduled for Friday. The attacker was subsequently shot dead as he tried to run away.

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Macron, a 39-year-old moderate whom other candidates have portrayed as too inexperienced to protect France against the terror threat, warned against any attempts to use the attack for political gain.

Two police officers were injured in the assault, one of whom remains in hospital.

Mr Hollande said he was convinced the attack was "terrorist-related", adding that the security forces had the full support of the nation and a national tribute would be paid to the fallen policeman.

He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted murder in the shooting of two police officers.

Major attacks in France targeted the Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015, sites around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall in November the same year and families at a fireworks display in Nice in July last year.

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And that there was a concern that an attack was being planned to coincide with the French election.