You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Paris attack: Gunman known for radical Islamist activities

The shooting comes three days before the French general elections

ANI  |  Paris 

Francois Hollande
Francois Hollande

The attacker, who killed a police officer in Paris's Champs-Elysees area, was known for radical Islamist activities by the French security services.

CNN quoted a source as saying that the suspect, who was shot dead by the French Police, was the subject of a "Fiche S" surveillance file and was on the radar of the French domestic security service DGSI.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) issued a statement, saying an Islamic State 'fighter' had carried the attack.

The ISIS' claims came via a statement released by the group's media wing Amaq. The statement said the attacker a Belgian national.

French president said the Champs Élysees attack was "in nature" and promised "utmost vigilance" by the security services to ensure security around the presidential

He has called a defence council meeting for 8 am on Friday, The Guardian reports.

Following the shootout, the Champs-Elysees area was closed and authorities asked the people to avoid the area.

The shooting comes three days before the French general elections.

The anti-terror prosecutors in a range have opened investigation into the attack.

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 15:22 IST