Islamic State claims Paris shooting – media

09:46, 21 April 2017
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The Islamic State group, which is being driven out of its areas of territorial control in Iraq and Syria by Western-backed coalitions and has hundreds of French-speaking fighters, claimed responsibility for Thursday's shooting via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki, according to Reuters.

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The claim came quickly and the naming of the assailant suggested a degree of direct contact with Islamic State. The group also claimed responsibility for a car attack in London last month killing four, but gave no name or details, as reported by Reuters.

Read alsoReuters: France's Macron, Le Pen edge further ahead of Fillon, Melenchon in pollPolice sources said the man was known to intelligence services. French television networks reported that he was a 39-year-old French national known for previous violent crimes.

As UNIAN reported earlier, one policeman was killed and another wounded after shots were fired on the Champs Elysеe in the heart of the French capital on Thursday evening.

The person who fired on the police on the Champs-Elysеe was killed.

France has lived under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks mostly perpetrated by young men who grew up in France and Belgium and that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years.

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