The Paris military police (gendarmerie) came to the conclusion that hitting the police van in the Champs Elysees area was intentional and is an act of terror. The Paris Prosecutor’s office opened a case about the terrorist attack.
About it reports on Monday, June 19 edition of the Local.
The driver of the car models Renault Megane, crashed into a police van, was seriously injured in the collision and, as confirmed by the interior Ministry of France, died at the scene.
His identity is established: a 33-year-old man, whose name the press did not make public, was part of the «list’s» of suspected terrorists. During the inspection his car was found gas cylinders, a Kalashnikov, a pistol and ammunition, said channel BFM TV.
None of the police during the operation to neutralize the offender is not affected, the situation on the Champs Elysees is under control: police have cordoned off the theater «Marigny» and evacuated people at the site next to the building. The Champs elysées is covered in the area of the square Ron-Puan and two metro stations.
Pierre-Henri Brande, a representative of the press service of the interior Ministry, reported that
currently, a search of the burned vehicle to ensure that this vehicle poses no additional danger.
Recall that the French police is on high alert for the second year, after a series of attacks in the capital.
Earlier this month an unknown attacker armed with a hammer, attacked the police guarding the Cathedral of Notre Dame ( Notre Dame de Paris), and tried to stab him.
French police have classified the assault as a terrorist attack. The causes and circumstances of this crime are investigated by the police Department for the fight against terrorism.
In April of this year, intelligence agencies of France failed to prevent the attack, which was to occur at the final stage of the presidential campaign. Two suspects were arrested.
Earlier this month, on the Champs Elysees was an attack on police in which one guardian of order was killed and his colleague injured. Media reported that investigators found during inspection of the scene on the Champs Elysees a note that mentions the IG.