Paris Champs Elysees attack gunman named as Karim Cheurfi


People look at a bullet hole in a window near to the Marks and Spencer on the Champs Elysees in Paris following the shooting of a police officer, 21 AprilImage copyright
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Bullet holes could be seen on a window on the Champs Elysees on Friday

The gunman killed after shooting dead a policeman on the Champs Elysees has been named by the Paris prosecutor as Karim Cheurfi, a convicted criminal.

He used a Kalashnikov assault rifle to kill the police officer with two bullets to the head, Fran├žois Molins told journalists in the French capital.

A note defending so-called Islamic State was found near his body, having presumably fallen from his pocket.

Cheurfi had four criminal convictions, the prosecutor said.

Friday is the last day of campaigning before Sunday’s presidential election.

The killer spoke about wanting to kill police officers earlier this year but he had no apparent link to Islamist radicalism, Mr Molins said.

IS has said one of its “fighters” carried out the attack.


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