We have no words…
On Thursday, the French Interior Ministry has confirmed news that a gunman opened fire on a police vehicle near the well-known Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris, resulting in the death of a police officer. Two other cops and a civilian were also injured in the attack.
The suspect — who Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said was “deliberately” targeting the police force — was eventually shot dead by law enforcement.
French President François Hollande called the attack “terrorist in nature” adding:
“Our security is at stake… This is the message I would like to send tonight. This is a message not only to police forces, the army, its a message to everyone: you will be protected.”
Later that night, the Associated Press confirmed the shooting was organized by ISIS.
BREAKING: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed a Paris police officer.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2017
The gunman has yet to be completely identified but was given the pseudonym “Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki” and is said to be Belgian.
We offer our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this senseless act of violence.
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