On Monday afternoon a culture-enriching fellow deliberately crashed into a police car on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The driver died during the incident. Although he was “known to the police” and had an S-file, he was able to obtain a firearms permit, and his vehicle was a veritable rolling armory. He had also sworn allegiance to the Islamic State.
The following video shows excerpts from a press conference about the incident held by the Paris prosecutor. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is an article about the attack from The Local:
Champs-Elysées: Armed Man Crashes Car Into Police Van on in ‘Attempted Attack’
Police in Paris are advising the public to stay away from the Champs-Elysées on Monday afternoon after an armed man crashed his car that contained a gas canister into a police van. The driver died according to the Interior Minister, who described the incident as an “attempted terror attack”.
French police launched a major security operation on the famous Champs-Elysées avenue in the west of Paris on Monday after what was believed to be the latest terror attack targeting police in the French capital.
It has been reported that the suspected attacker was subject to an “S” file, meaning that authorities were at some point monitoring him for potential links to extremism.
Members of the public were told to avoid the area after a driver crashed his Renault Megane into a van carrying gendarmes (French military police) at around 15:40. The driver’s vehicle (seen in the picture below) then exploded into flames. Police say there was a gas canister inside the car.
“Security forces have been targeted in France once again,” France’s new Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, calling the incident an “attempted attack”.
The weapons and explosives found in the vehicle “could potentially blow this car up,” he added.
|00:00||In the back seat we discovered 2 gas bottles; 13 kg each [29 lbs],|
|00:04||full and still with their security seals.|
|00:08||Those bottles were leaning against the two doors.|
|00:12||Between those bottles were|
|00:16||several boxes containing a very large number of cartridges of different calibers.|
|00:20||So there were: 2,200 12-gauge shells,|
|00:24||800 caliber 7.62, more that 2,000|
|00:28||9mm cartridges, and more than 3,700 cartridges|
|00:32||for a .22 caliber long rifle. On the floor at the level|
|00:36||of the front passenger we found a large bag|
|00:40||containing 22 magazines, a Glock 17 pistol|
|00:44||with a double stack magazine, a 7.62 caliber|
|00:48||rifle, a caliber similar to|
|00:52||the Kalashnikov assault rifle, and several knives — among them|
|00:56||a multi-blade knife — and a taser.
Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.