Not only ‘known to police’, but convicted earlier of shooting at them and jailed for 20, but then given an early release….
A man jumped out with a weapon and started firing indiscriminately into the police vehicle, hitting the unidentified officer who died directly in the head.
The assailant then ran off, pursued by other officers. Two of them were wounded as they killed him.
Freed to kill more police: Isis terrorist who shot dead policeman and wounded two others on the Champs-Elysees was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers – but released early
- The killer is alleged to have used messaging app Telegram to talk about desire to attack police
- ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, and a terror probe has opened
- Killer has been named as Karim C, amid reports he had previously been jailed for shooting at police
- One police officer was killed and two others were seriously injured this evening
- Intelligence sources claim the Kalashnikov-armed killer was known to security forces
A killer who shot dead one police officer and seriously injured two others in Paris this evening had previously been jailed for opening fire on law enforcers, and talked of his desire to kill police on social media.
The 39-year-old, named in reports as Karim C, and using the alias ‘Abu Yousuf the Belgian’ made dark threats on messaging app Telegram, it has been claimed.
He was convicted for a 2001 shooting which left two police officers seriously injured, according to reports, and was given a 20 year jail term.
French authorities have confirmed that the shooting close to the Champs Elysees was a ‘targeted’ attack, and prosecutors have opened a terrorism probe.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out with a Kalashnikov weapon. A passerby was also injured.
French President Francois Hollande has said he is convinced that the attack was ‘terror related’, and will hold a security cabinet meeting in the morning.
The gunman was shot dead at the scene.