By Major James Burdock  |  04-20-2017   News
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Two or more gunmen targeted and opened fired on a group of police officers on the Champs Elysees in Paris. The victims were guarding an area near the Roosevelt metro station. The area is a popular tourist attraction and shopping area.

One eye-witness described a man exiting a vehicle and opening fire with a "Kalashnikov," an assault rifle also known as an AK-47.

There are initial reports that one of the gunmen was shot and another is at large.

Police were quick to identify the assault as a terrorist attack. Some French media outlets, however, are reporting that the attack could be the aftermath of an attempted armed robbery. The area does have many high-end jewelry stores.

One of the assailants has been confirmed as "being known" by the French Secret Service.

President Trump, in a news conference with the Italian Prime Minister, sent his condolences to the people of Italy and added, "We have to be strong. We have to be vigilant. I've been saying that for a very long time."

The Prime Minister of Italy also sent his condolences to all affected by the terrorist attack.

It is just 60 hours before the French Presidential Election. The timing of this could very well help Marine Le Pen, who has campaigned hard against immigration.

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Sources:

France24 Live News Coverage

Sky News Live Coverage

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