Another possible terror attack could have claimed the lives of many innocent people in Paris, France, but thankfully the attack could not be executed as planned.
A car loaded with gas canisters rammed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on a busy Monday, leaving just the driver of the car dead. The interior ministry is terming the incident an attempted attack and security around the city was beefed up following the incident.
Upon investigation, it was found out that a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were found in the white Renault Megane, which was used for the attack.
Footage of the vehicle showed orange smoke coming out from the car after the impact as it sat in the middle of the prestigious and bustling avenue which is lined with shops, cinemas and restaurants.
“Security forces have been targeted in France once again,” 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.
Police and security forces have been repeatedly attacked by extremists in France. However, this time around thankfully there were no casualties.
An interior ministry spokesman told reporters that bomb disposal experts were called to the scene to “ensure the vehicle poses no further danger”. Later, the doors of the car and the bonnet were open as it was searched.
So far no one has claimed responsibility for this possible attack, but this shows that France is still under a terror threat.
Anti-terrorism prosecutors have opened an investigation.