February 20, 2018

Paris Champs Elysees shooting: Gunman was ‘focus of anti-terror’ probe

asifThe gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name.

Local media say the 39-year-old lived in the city’s suburbs, and had been seen as a potential Islamist radical.

The gunman wounded two police officers before being shot dead by security forces on the Champs Elysees.

A pump-action shotgun and knives were found in his car, the French TV station BFMTV reports.

French media named the man as Karim Cheurfi, 39, from the eastern Paris suburb of Chelles.

Another man suspected of possible links to the attack has turned himself in to Belgian police.

French police have detained three members of the gunman’s family, Reuters news agency reports, citing a legal source.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said security forces, including elite units, were fully mobilised ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.

“Nothing must be allowed to impede the fundamental democratic process of our country,” he said after an emergency security cabinet meeting.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has said one of its “fighters” carried out the attack.

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