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Paris shooting Gunman was Islam radicalist
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Paris shooting: Gunman was ‘focus of anti-terror’ probe


The gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris, France, on 20 April has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name.

Local media say the gunman had been seen as a potential Islamist radical.

French police are also searching for a man who has been identified by Belgian security services, an interior ministry spokesman says.

The gunman was killed by security forces on the Champs-Élysées.

He had also wounded two other police officers.

President François Hollande is to chair a security cabinet meeting as France prepares for presidential polls on 23 April.

Hollande said he was convinced the attack was “terrorist-related”, adding that the security forces had the full support of the nation and a national tribute would be paid to the fallen policeman.

So-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) said one of its ‘fighters’ had carried out the attack.

A car pulled up alongside a police bus just before 21:00 CET and a man got out, opening fire on the bus with an automatic weapon, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

After killing an officer, the man attempted to run away while shooting at other officers, two of whom he injured, the spokesman added.

He was then shot dead by security forces.

The whole of the Champs-Elysees was evacuated.

Paris prosecutor François Molins said shortly after the shootings that “the attacker’s identity is known and has been verified”.

“I won’t reveal it, because investigations and raids are already under way, in particular to establish whether there is any evidence or not of complicity (in this attack),” he said, adding that more information would be released today (21 April).

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