Gunman shoots police officers in Paris

One officer, attacker killed

A French government spokesman says the assailant who opened fire on a Paris police van was armed with an automatic firearm akin to a ``war weapon.''

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said no tourists or pedestrians were injured during the Thursday night attack that left one officer dead and two seriously wounded in the Champs-Elysees shopping district. 

Police say the attacker was shot dead by an officer or officers.

Brandet refused to give any specific detail about the suspect's possible criminal history or affiliations.

He says the assailant's identity has not been formally confirmed .

Brandet says while witnesses have described only one gunman, the possibility of accomplices can't be ruled out.

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Paris police say a gunman has killed a police officer and wounded two others before being killed himself in an attack on the Champs-Elysees shopping district.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists.

The attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France's tense presidential election. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack.

A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting and saw a man's body on the ground before police quickly evacuated the area where she works in a shop. 

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