SHAFAQNA – France’s interior minister has said that a driver who rammed a car into police in an “attempted attack” on security forces on the Champs-Elysees was carrying a “number of firearms and explosives.”
“Once again our security forces have been targeted. The threat is extremely high,” Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb told reporters.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet claimed the suspected attacker was “most probably” dead following the incident.
He will also introduce a proposal to extend the state of emergency in France at a meeting of Ministers next Wednesday.
The Paris prosecutor’s counter-terrorism unit has opened an investigation into an incident.
In a tweet, the Ministry for the Interior said the suspected attacker was “neutralized” after the attack and that the bomb disposal unit was called to the scene.
Police told the public to avoid the area following the incident which led armed security personnel to descend on the area.
Some 30 minutes later, the police tweeted that the incident was now under control.