Paris security alert: Champs-Elysees on lockdown as armed police descend on French capital

Dramatic images posted on social media showed a huge police presence in the popular Paris shopping district on Monday afternoon.

Police said there were no casualties but a security operation is under way and people are being asked to avoid the area.

FoxNews: Suspected attacker drives car into police vehicle on Champs-Elysees, police say

A vehicle struck a police van, then caught on fire, BMFTV reported.

The driver was detained and is in police custody. There were no reports of injuries.

Daily Mail: The dramatic moment a driver is pulled out of a smoking car that has exploded after RAMMING a police van on the Champs-Élysées before an officer checks him for a suicide bomb

  • Car burst into flames moments after impact in the Paris tourist hotspot which is the main shopping district
  • The driver, who police believe to be dead, was carrying a gun when he crashed into the police van deliberately
  • Witness said he heard shots being fired and saw smoke coming from the car after the collision this afternoon 
  • People were seen fleeing the area as police officers armed with machine guns attempted to get them to safety

FoxNews: Paris attack: Champs-Elysees driver had explosives, rifle in car

The attacker died shortly after the incident, the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. The attacker, a 31-year-old man from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, was badly burned after his car exploded when he deliberately crashed it into a police van. The police van caught fire, but it was quickly contained, officials said. The bomb squad was called to the scene.

Authorities discovered a gas tank and an AK-47 rife in the attacker’s car, Fox News confirmed. The man had been flagged by investigators earlier for extremism, French police said.

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