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Shooting in Paris: two policemen shot, one fatally
23:42, 20 April 2017
Shooting in Paris: two policemen shot, one fatally

Attack on Paris police hits three officers, one fatally; suspect also killed

23:42, 20 April 2017

Reuters

A gunman opened fire on French police on Thursday night on a renowned Paris boulevard, killing one and wounding another before being fatally shot himself in an incident.

A gunman attacked police guarding an area the Franklin Roosevelt metro station Thursday night at the center of the heavily traveled Champs-Élysées avenue, always crowded with tourists and commuters, according to Johanna Primevert, the spokeswoman for the Paris police, the Associated Press reported.

The incident occurred three days before France holds the first round of a presidential election.

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The shooting occurred in the middle of a televised campaign event, when each of the 11 current candidates was given 15 minutes to sell voters on their respective platforms.

The world-famous boulevard was sealed off and nearby Paris Metro stations closed.

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The country has been hit by a deadly wave of terrorist violence in the last two years that has claimed the lives of at least 230 people, with hundreds more injured.

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