Paris shooting kills one policeman

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Added On April 21, 2017

Local authorities have confirmed a police officer has been killed, in shooting incident on the famous Champs Elysees in Paris.
 
French President Francois Hollande said he's convinced that the attack is "terrorist-related".
 
The incident occurred at around 8 p.m. local time, on Thursday, on the Champs Elysees shopping street in central Paris. 
 
A spokesperson of the French interior ministry says the police officers were "deliberately targeted", and the gunman has been killed.  
   
Reports say the gunman, armed with a machine gun, got out of a car and opened fire at the police in front of the store on the street.
   
He then began running away and injured two other officers before being shot dead in an exchange of fire with the police. 
 
The Champs Elysees was closed off shortly after the shooting, while a helicopter started patrolling the area.
   
Police vehicles with flashing lights were seen lining up along the street, and passengers were told to move away from the area. 
 
The extremist group Islamic States, or IS, has claimed responsibility for the shooting.
 
French President Francois Hollande said in a statement that he's convinced that the attack is "terrorist-related".
 
He also pledged "absolutely vigilant" security measures for the upcoming presidential election, which will start on Sunday. 
 
The attack comes just two days after two men were arrested for plotting an attack before the French presidential election.