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Paris attack UPDATE: Two French police officers ‘killed’ by gunman

An eyewitness has described a man getting out of a car and opening fire “with a Kalashnikov” on the Champs-Elysees.
Two police officers have reportedly been killed in Paris by a gunman who was then shot dead.
The attacker is believed to have deliberately targeted the officers and was known to security services.
The officers were shot outside a Marks and Spencer store on the Champs-Elysees – one of the French capital’s main shopping streets and an area popular with tourists.
Police vehicles seen on the Champs-Elysees, near the Arc de Tiomphe
Police vehicles along the Champs-Elysees, near the Arc De Triomphe
Security has been tight in the country, coming just days before the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday.
An eyewitness said the gunman got out of a car and began shooting “with a Kalashnikov”.
Police said one of the officers who was killed was in a car which had been stopped at a red light by the attacker.
The gunman opened fire as the officers were guarding an area near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station on Thursday night.
Despite the attacker being killed, police are still on high alert and officers have been seen pointing their weapons at members of public as they clear the area.
Famous Paris street comes to a standstill after a police officer is shot
Emergency services at the scene of the attack
Authorities are now searching the home of the gunman in the east of Paris.
An interior ministry spokesman said it was too early to say what the motive was for the attack.
It is not known whether it was terror-related.
But the shooting could have been an attempt at an armed robbery, according to police sources.
Many police vehicles can be seen on the famous avenue.
Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees
Police officers block access to the Champs-Elysees
A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man’s body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police.
Sky’s Mark White said: “Two men were arrested a few days ago with an arsenal of weapons. And that there was a concern that an attack was being planned to coincide with the French election.”
He added: “The real concern as far as the authorities are concerned, given that we had arrests two days ago and now what looks to be terrorist-related incident is we may be experiencing a wave or some kind of coordinated effort to disrupt the French elections.”
The police investigation of these individuals led them to believe that a planned terrorist attack was due to take place imminently.
US President Donald Trump said the shooting resembled recent terrorist attacks.
He said: “First of all, our condolences from our country to the people of France. Again, it is happening, it seems.
“It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I have been saying it for a long time.”
Courtesy of Sky News

French police officer killed by gunman in Paris ‘terror’ attack

A police officer has been killed and another wounded in what police believe was probably a terror shooting incident in Paris.
Police sources say the officers were attacked on the Champs-Elysees and the person who fired on them has also been killed.
At least two attackers are reported to be involved and authorities are warning people to avoid the area.
An eyewitness told Reuters a man got out of a car and began shooting “with a kalashnikov.”
But French media are reporting two shots were fired in the incident near the Marks and Spencer store and one of the attackers is still at large.
Many police vehicles can be seen on the famous avenue.
A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting, saw a man’s body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated by police.
Courtesy of Sky News



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Cardiff Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing In Paris

Flybe plane

A flight from Geneva to Cardiff was forced to make an emergency landing in Paris after suffering “a minor technical fault”.

A passenger on Flybe’s BE1832 flight on Saturday told BBC Wales it was a rough landing but the crew remained calm.

Firefighters rushed to the Bombardier DHC-8-400 aircraft on the runway at Paris Orly Airport, and dowsed it in water using hoses.

All 68 passengers were unhurt and are expected to be flown to Cardiff later.

A spokeswoman for Flybe confirmed that the flight “experienced a minor technical fault and diverted to Paris Orly”.

“A replacement aircraft has been sent and passengers are expected back into Cardiff before 21:00 GMT.

Passenger Luke Broadley took this photo from the aircraft


“Flybe would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The Cardiff-bound flight had left Geneva Airport at 15:30 GMT.

But passenger Luke Broadley said the captain made an announcement about 45 minutes into their journey warning there was a technical problem and the plane would be landing.

The landing was unstable, but not particularly scary, Mr Broadley said, and he praised staff for their efforts.

Passengers were later told the problem was a “hydraulic issue” and the airline would arrange for a plane from Birmingham to bring them back to Cardiff later on Saturday.

Flybe’s flight information on its website says the flight was delayed until 20:50 GMT.