Tensions rise as police officer dies in new Paris shooting

2015-01-08 14:03
SWAT police officers arrive after a shooting in Montrouge, outside Paris, after an assailant shot and killed a policwoman. (Christophe Ena, AP)

SWAT police officers arrive after a shooting in Montrouge, outside Paris, after an assailant shot and killed a policwoman. (Christophe Ena, AP)

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Paris - A French police official says a policewoman shot in an early morning attack on the southern edge of Paris has died.

The officer was stopping to investigate a traffic accident when an assailant opened fire, hitting her and a street sweeper. Emmanuel Cravello of the Alliance police union said she later died of her injuries.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the attacker in the shooting on Thursday remained at large.

"There was an officer in front of a white car and a man running away who shot," said Ahmed Sassi, who saw the shooting from his home nearby.

He said the shooter wore dark clothes but no mask. "It didn't look like a big gun because he held it with one hand," Sassi said.

Cazeneuve left an emergency government meeting to travel to the scene of Thursday's shooting. France is on its highest level of alert after the deadly attacks at Charlie Hebdo's central Paris offices.

He and Cravello cautioned against jumping to any conclusions about the attack, which has not been linked to the assault on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which left two police officers among the dead.

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