Car explodes after hitting police van on Paris's Champs Elysees

Car explodes after hitting police van on Paris's Champs Elysees

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NNA – A car burst into flames after it crashed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Monday, police and investigators said, adding that the driver was armed and it appeared to be a "deliberate" act.

Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said police had pulled the driver out of the flaming vehicle and he was "very likely dead."

Police had said earlier that the driver of the Renault Megane was "seriously injured" and "on the ground… unconscious."

No police or bystanders were injured in the incident near the Grand Palais exhibition hall.

"Apparently, it`s a deliberate act," a source close to the investigation said.

Anti-terrorism prosecutors have opened an investigation.

Police have closed two of the metro stations on the Champs-Elysees, a major tourist draw in the French capital.

The incident came just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, three days before the first round of France`s presidential election.–AFP

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