Paris police: Attacker probably dead

Police vehicles prevent the access to the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Monday, June 19, 2017. Paris officials say : Suspected attacker 'downed' after driving into police car on Champs-Elysees. (AP Photo/Bertrand Combaldieu)

PARIS (AP) — A French security official says that the attacker on Champs-Elysees avenue is probably dead and the bomb squad is on the scene.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says the driver whose car exploded as he tried to ram a police vehicle is “most probably” dead.

Brandet said bomb squads were still securing the scene. He said the attacker appeared to have acted deliberately.

The French national gendarmerie service said earlier the driver of a car that rammed a law enforcement vehicle has been arrested.

The tweet Monday confirmed an attack had taken place on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees.

Police had earlier warned people to avoid the neighborhood, one of the French capital’s most popular with tourists. Paris police said neither gendarmes nor passers-by were injured.

Two French police officials said a suspected attacker drove into a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris and is now lying on the ground immobilized.

It is unclear the attacker has been killed or why he drove into the police Monday. The officials weren’t authorized to be publicly named.

The suspect is wearing a white shirt and dark shorts and prone on his stomach on the avenue.

Police ringed the area as tourists and other onlookers gathered.

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