Suspect dead after another attack on Paris' Avenue des Champs-Élysées

By Doug G. Ware  |  June 19, 2017 at 7:34 PM
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June 19 (UPI) -- A suspected terrorist was killed Monday after he rammed his vehicle into a police convoy on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, authorities said -- the second time in less than two months the famous street has seen such an event.

Police said a man driving a Renault automobile drove into the convoy and burst into flames. It had been carrying two gas canisters, investigators said.

Officials said by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the suspect was dead. It's not believed any police officers or civilians were injured in the attack.

Police said they found weapons and explosives in the suspect's vehicle.

Authorities have started a terror investigation but did not immediately identify the suspect, who was reportedly in his 30s and a resident of a Paris suburb. Investigators have called it a "botched terror attack."

Monday's attack was the second on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in two months. On April 20, a suspected terrorist drove onto the street and began shooting at civilians and police officers. A police officer was killed, along with the attacker.

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a popular shopping and tourist district in Paris near the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower.

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