Champs-Elysees reopened after attack on police

2017-04-21 07:38
Forensic experts and police examine evidence after the fatal shooting of an officer on the Champs Elysees in Paris. (Thibault Camus, AP)

Forensic experts and police examine evidence after the fatal shooting of an officer on the Champs Elysees in Paris. (Thibault Camus, AP)

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Paris - Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard reopened and was picking up its usual early morning routine on Friday after a gunman opened fire on police, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him.

Municipal workers in white hygiene suits washed down the sidewalk where on Thursday night's attack took place. Delivery trucks were making their rounds. Traffic was going up and down the famous tree-lined street and police barriers have been taken down.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the shooting days before France's presidential election.

In another development, police have searched a home in a suburb east of Paris believed linked to the Champs-Elysees attack. 

A police document obtained by The Associated Press identifies the address searched in the town of Chelles as the family home of Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with a police record.

Two police officials told The AP that the chief suspect in Thursday's attack is a 39-year-old from an eastern Paris suburb.

Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighbourhood in Chelles early Friday, and worried neighbours expressed surprise at the searches.

Archive reports by French newspaper Le Parisien say that Cheurfi was convicted of attacking a police officer in 2001.


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