Published on Friday, April 21, 2017

Paris on alert after terror attack

The Champs Elysees was sealed off last night after a policeman was shot dead and two other officers were wounded.

The whole of the famous Paris boulevard and the surrounding area was evacuated and extra police and military were drafted in to the city centre.

Gunshots were heard at around 9pm last night near the Marks & Spencer store on the famous tourist street, causing a panic among tourists and shoppers.

A female foreign tourist was also injured in the shooting. It believed she was hurt by fragments from the gunshots.

Security remains high in the city, which has been the target of several terror attacks since the start of this year.

It had already been stepped up in light of the French presidential elections due to take place on Sunday.

Several candidates have ended their campaigns early as a mark of respect.

EasyJet is inviting concerned passengers booked on flights to Paris to contact its call centre.

"Our schedule to and from Paris is operating as normal today. Following the incident in central Paris our thoughts are with the people of Paris at this difficult time," it said.

"Any customers due to travel to or from Paris who feel this will change their travel plans today, please call us so we can help."

According to reports, the suspected attacker was killed by security forces as he fled the scene.

The 39-year-old had been on the police terror radar as a potential Islamist radical.

Another suspect, identified by Belgian security services, has reportedly handed himself into to Belgian police today.

In February, a man armed with a machete in each hand was wounded after attacking soldiers on patrol at the city's Louvre Museum.

In March a 39-year-old man was killed at Orly airport after attacking a soldier.

On Friday 13 November 2015, gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people and injured hundreds more when they targeted a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars in the French capital.

France has been in a state of emergency since the 2015 attack.

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