Police said that the driver of the car is the only casualty in what they described as an ‘attempted attack’.
A car loaded with gas canisters rammed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in France’s capital, Paris, on Monday, leaving the driver dead in what officials said was an “attempted attack”.
“Security forces have been targeted in France once again,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, adding that the situation is now under control.
Explosives and weapons, including knives and a shotgun, were found in the white Renault Megane, which Collomb said could have potentially blown up the car.
French officials said that the man was a 31-year-old who had been flagged for “extremism”. Karim Cheurfi was from the suburb of Argenteuil and had an “S” file, meaning that authorities had been aware of his potential links to “extremism”.
A note praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was found next to Cheurfi’s body. Read more here.