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The dramatic moment a French police officer checks for a suicide bomb as he cuts the clothes off a driver who has just rammed a police van on the Champs-Élysées
- Car burst into flames moments after impact in the Paris tourist hotspot which is the main shopping district
- The driver, who police believe to be dead, was carrying a gun when he crashed into the police van deliberately
- Witness said he heard shots being fired and saw smoke coming from the car after the collision this afternoon
- People were seen fleeing the area as police officers armed with machine guns attempted to get them to safety
A driver with a gun has been arrested after ramming a police van on the Champs-Élysées in a car filled with weapons and a gas bomb.
His car burst into flames moments after impact and he was left seriously injured having deliberately aimed at a line of police vans.
A police officer was videoed stripping clothes from the unconscious assailant to check for a suicide bomb and officials believe he is ‘probably’ dead.
A witness in the capital said he heard shots being fired and smoke coming from a silver Renault Megane which was used by the perpetrator in what is being considered an attempted suicide attack. (Daily Mail)
A witness in the capital said he heard shots being fired and smoke coming from one of the vehicles, thought to be this Renault Mega
French anti-terrorism prosecutors opened an inquiry today after a suspected suicide attacker was seen targeting a line of police vans which were travelling up the Champs Elysee towards the Arc de Triomphe.
‘There was a sudden impact, and then a fireball,’ said an investigating source. ‘A gas bomb was in the car.
‘The man was very badly injured, and then pulled out of his damaged vehicle. He was badly injured in the collision and was taken away.
‘He did not cause any injuries, but the collision was a deliberate act.’
An Interior Ministry source meanwhile said that the attacker ‘is likely to have died following the attack’.
He added that ‘numerous weapons were found in his car boot’.
The specialist anti-terrorism officers confirmed they had opened an inquiry into the kamikaze attack.
It follows a series of terrorism incidents across France carried out by Islamic State terrorists, who have regularly used vehicles as weapons across Europe, including in Britain.