Suspect turns himself in to Belgian police after Champs-Elysees attack

2017-04-21 10:12
A man identified only as Thomas shows a poster in a show of support for security forces on the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris. (Michel Euler, AP)

A man identified only as Thomas shows a poster in a show of support for security forces on the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris. (Michel Euler, AP)

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Paris - A suspect sought by France in the wake of the Champs Elysees attack has turned himself in to Belgian police, France's interior ministry said Friday.

"The man in the wanted notice issued by Belgian authorities presented himself to a police station in Antwerp," ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet told AFP.

Brandet told Europe 1 radio it was "too early to say" if the man was linked to Thursday night's shooting on the famous Paris boulevard, where a 39-year-old known radical shot dead a policeman and wounded two others before being killed in a shootout.

A foreign tourist was also injured in the attack.

The Islamic State group claimed the shooting, which came three days before the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday in which security is a major concern after a string of bloody jihadist assaults since 2015.

A source close to the French investigation said the 35-year-old man being questioned in Antwerp, and described as "very dangerous", had been sought by Belgian police as part of a separate probe.

During a search of his home, Belgian police found weapons, balaclavas and a train ticket for France departing on Thursday morning, hours before the Paris assault.

In France meanwhile, three people known to the attacker were being questioned by anti-terror police, judicial sources said.

The three were arrested during overnight raids in the eastern suburbs of Paris.

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