A 39 year old Islamic State radical took the life of one police officer with what is being described as a “Kalashnikov”.
Security services shut down the tourist crowded Champs Élysées when gunshots were fired. One police officer was shot dead by the attacker. Law enforcement reportedly killed the Belgian attacker Thursday afternoon after being shot at while sitting in a police car.
The French police knew that the radical was known for extremism. Due to lack of evidence anti-terror prosecutors let him go.
Front National presidential candidate Marie Le Pen expressed her feelings towards the attack on Twitter:
Photograph: Thomas Samson