ISIS claims Paris attack ahead of vote

Policeman, attacker killed on the Champs-Elysee

21 April, 13:37

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     - PARIS - French authorities on Friday said security forces were fully mobilized ahead of a presidential election at the weekend after the killing of a policeman by an Islamist militant.

    A French national, identified by the Paris prosecutor's office as Karim Cheurfi, possibly aided by a Belgian accomplice, shot dead with a Kalashnikov a policeman on the Champs-Elysee and wounded another two officers. He tried fleeing but was killed by police at the scene of the attack.

    Shortly before midnight, the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terror organization claimed the attack, saying it was carried out by someone called 'Abu Yusuf al Beljiki', or 'the Belgian'.

    Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the attacker's apartment in a banlieu of the French capital has been searched.

    The attacker, born in a banlieu of Paris, had a police record: 15 years ago he was convicted for the murder of a policeman and then for an assault against a prison guard.

    The first round of voting in the two-stage presidential election is due to take place on Sunday. 

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