There has been an incident on Paris’ Champs Elysees, which has been cordoned off, with heavy police presence amid reports that a car has burst on fire, potentially following an explosion. One man on the ground according to eyewitness reports.
According to AFP, the French police say the car ramed a police van before bursting into flames. The suspected driver was ‘downed’ after driving into police car on Champs-Elysees and the driver has been arrested, according to Reuters and AP. According to AFP, the car driver was armed.
Some more details from AP, which adds that two French police officials said that a suspected attacker drove into a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris, and is now lying on the ground immobilized.
The suspect was wearing a white shirt and dark shorts.
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— Melissa Bell (@MelissaBellCNN) June 19, 2017
#BREAKING Car crashes into police van on Paris’s Champs-Elysees, no casualties: official
— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 19, 2017
The police has confirmed an ongoing intervention on the famous Paris street and has asked people to avoid the area.
???? #ChampsElysées Intervention en cours des services de police. Évitez le secteur
— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) June 19, 2017
Some speculate the car may have exploded after hitting the van.
— Raveen Aujmaya (@raveenaujmaya) June 19, 2017
According to the police, the ramming driver caused no serious injuries.
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