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20 June 2017, 05:09 | Darnell Patrick
The Champs-Elysees avenue in central Paris was sealed off on Monday afternoon after a driver rammed a gendarmerie van.
A man carrying guns and explosives died when he rammed a vehicle into a police van Monday on Paris' famed Champs-Élysées in what officials characterize as a deliberate attack.
"This shows once again that the threat level in France is extremely high", the interior minister said.
The gunman in that attack had previous convictions for attempted murder of police officers not related to terrorism, but authorities said a piece of paper found near his body bore a message of support for Islamic State, which claimed the killing.
The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an anti-terror investigation into the incident, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
It sparked a huge security operation as armed police rushed to the scene, with video from the area showing at least seven police vans lining the road.
The 33-year-old man, who did not succeed in injuring any officers, was "known to the police and thought to be radicalised", said a source.
It imposed emergency security rules in the wake of the 2015 attacks which killed 130 people.
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