ISIS claims responsibility for Paris attack that left police officer dead

ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on police officers on the Champs-Élysées in Paris this evening that left one officer dead and two others injured.

The terrorist group released a message through Amaq, its news agency, saying that the attacker was “one of the fighters for the Islamic State.”

The assailant was killed but has not been publicly identified, a police spokesperson said.

French President François Hollande said that one bystander was injured during a shootout between police and the attacker and that the area has been evacuated and is on lockdown.

A French police union previously reported that two officers were killed in the incident.

French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet told local channel BFM TV that a man exited his car while it was stopped at a light and started shooting at a police car. The attacker tried to run from the scene while continuing to shoot at the police officers, he said. There was an exchange of gunfire, and that is when the attacker died, Brandet said.

A French police union tweeted, in French, “An individual in a car opened fire at a police car stopped at a red light, killing one policeman.”

Paris police posted a tweet telling people to avoid the area around the Avenue des Champs-Élysées without revealing any further details.

A subsequent tweet stated that there was “police intervention underway” in the area but gave no other details.

The U.S. State Department‘s bureau of consular affairs warned its Twitter followers to avoid the area “after a shooting.”

The Champs-Élysées is a long thoroughfare that has theaters, shops, restaurants and, at one end, the Arc de Triomphe, a major tourist destination.

President Donald Trump shared “our condolences” with the people of France during a news conference with the Italian prime minister, who was at the White House today.

“It’s a very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today,” Trump said, adding that he thought it was “another terrorist attack,” though that had not been confirmed at the time.

“What can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong, we have to be vigilant,” he said.

The incident comes as France heads into a presidential election, to be held on Sunday.

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