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But they were not in time. The suspect, the French Interior ministry tweeted, has been “neutralized.”
There were no immediate reports of police officers being injured in the incident. Investigators found more weapons and explosives inside the vehicle.
Asked how much, French interior minister Gerard Collomb said, “Enough to allow him to blow up this car.”
The French authorities have launched a terror investigation and have not named the suspect, who was 31 and from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. He was, however, known to the authorities, The Associated Press reported.
It’s the second time this year that police have been targeted on Paris’ most famous thoroughfare.
In April, one Parisian police officer was killed and two were wounded by a gunman who
ambushed their car. Karim Cheurfi was later shot dead.
ISIS claimed shooter Cheurfi was one of their soldiers. But he was also
an ex-con who did time for trying to kill another police officer.
The latest Paris attack came as London was still reeling from what that city’s mayor called “
In that incident, the driver of a van
France has been under a state of emergency since the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.