Monday, November 20, 2017
News

Car rams police van on Paris' Champs Elysees, driver dead

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Paris | Monday, Jun 19 2017 IST
 
A driver rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove down Paris' Champs Elysees avenue today, officials said, adding that the man died in the incident and the situation was under control.The car hit the front of the van as it was overtaking a convoy of police vehicles, a police spokeswoman said. Footage recorded shortly afterwards showed orange smoke billowing from the car.France has been on high security alert following a series of militant Islamist attacks in recent years, including the shooting of a policeman in an Islamic State-claimed attack on a police bus on the Champs Elysees in April. The Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism unit said an investigation had been opened into the incident only a short walk away from the Elysee presidential palace and the US embassy. No bystanders or police were hurt. It was not clear how the driver of the car had died.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the man's car was carrying weapons and explosives that could have caused a blast."This once again shows that the threat level in France is extremely high," Collomb told journalists not far from the scene.A police source told Reuters that the man was known to security services.President Emmanuel Macron said last month his government would ask parliament to extend wider search and arrest powers granted under a state of emergency called after Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015.Some magistrates and human rights groups have protested in recent weeks against the proposal that would enshrine in ordinary law measures currently in place under the state of emergency. REUTERS RSD 2244

-- (Reuters) -- C-1-1-DL0435-941225.Xml

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
Three S.Korean soldiers rescued injured ...
Secret Service nabs attempted White Hous...
German coalition talks collapse followin...
N.Korean Foreign Minister to visit Cuba...
51 countries to participate in Asia-Euro...
Apple served with search warrant over Te...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
NCP says will perform better in Guj poll...
Man touches air hostess' feet to apologi...
Congress' defeat directly proportionate ...
Dasmunshi's demise irreparable loss to C...
Miss World 2017 gives graceful reply to ...
'Padmavati' controversy politically plan...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Trump to announce decision on big-g... 
Will act against Kamal Haasan: TN M... 
Chouhan says 'Padmavati' not to rel... 
BJP red-faced as Maharashtra Minist... 
Former Wimbledon champ Jana Novotna... 
Not upset with Tharoor's tongue-in-... 
Mamata mourns Congress leader Dasmu... 
'Padmavati' deferred: Filmmakers qu...