Auto ploughs into police van in Paris Champs-Elysees 'attack'
Jun 20 2017 by Michele Stevens
A vehicle carrying two gas canisters, two handguns and one Kalashnikov collided with a police auto near the Champs-Elysées in Paris around 3:40 p.m. local time Monday, and the incident is being investigated as an act of terror, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed to ABC News.
The BBC reports that the investigators found a Kalashnikov rifle, gas bottles, and handguns in the vehicle. Earlier it was reported that the driver was arrested, however, AP stated the driver may have died following the incident.
Champs-Elysees is Paris' most popular avenue and one of the city's popular tourist attraction. It is unclear why the attacker drove into police, though the Interior Ministry spokesman said the incident was apparently deliberate.
Gérard Collomb, France's interior minister, did not hesitate to call the attack an attempt to commit terrorism.
According to the Associated Press and France's BFM TV, the driver was a 31-year-old from a Paris suburb who was known to security services and had previously been flagged for extremism.
He said the current situation in France shows a new security law "is needed" and the measure would "maintain a high security level" beyond the end of the state of emergency.
The incident comes just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, three days before the first round of France's presidential election.
Police later found other weapons in Cheurfi's auto including a shotgun and knives.
Trump tweets about Democrats, Georgia election
He backs many flashpoint Democratic causes, including Obamacare, though he has tried to cast his message in a centrist light. Ossoff is trying to flip the suburban Atlanta district that Republican Tom Price left to become Trump's health secretary.
Portugal awaits foreign help to fight deadly wildfires
However, there are favorable signs in other areas of central Portugal also hit by wildfires, authorities said . Majority were families who had spent the afternoon at a beach on a nearby river, local authorities said.