Attacker, police officers dead, wounded in Paris attack

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April 20, 2017World News
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Attacker, police officers dead, wounded in Paris attack
Police officers block the access to the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017. One police officer was killed and another wounded today in a shooting on Paris's Champs Elysees, police said just days ahead of France's presidential election. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Paris police and soldiers have sealed off the area around the Champs-Elysees after an attack on police, ordering tourists back into their hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.

Emergency vehicles blocked the wide avenue that cuts across central Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens, normally packed with cars and tourists.

Subway stations in the area were closed off on Thursday night while police secure the scene.

Security forces are more widespread in Paris since deadly Islamic extremist attacks in recent years, and France remains under a state of emergency.

Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Police officers secure the area after a gunman opened fire on Champs Elysees on April 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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