UPDATE: The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly terrorist attack in Paris on Thursday. The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said that it was carried out by a Belgian bearing the name Abu Yusuf. It was not immediately possible to confirm that the Islamic State was behind the shooting.

President Donald Trump offered condolences in the wake of news that a police officer was killed and another was wounded by a shooter on Thursday evening in the Champs-Élysées district in Paris. Police spokesperson Johanna Primevert said that a gunman fired at police in the area at the Franklin Roosevelt subway station, which is frequented by tourists.

According to a Reuters report, a man descended from a car and fired "with a kalashnikov." The officer killed in the incident was in a car that was stopped at an intersection. There are reports that at least one dozen shots were fired in what police said was the deliberate targeting of the officers. Prosecutors are now conducting an investigation in order to determine whether the incident constitutes a terrorist attack. 

Authorities are warning citizens to avoid the area. The U.S. State Department is warning Americans to stay away from demonstrations during the political season in France. On Friday there was a terrorist incident reported in the southern city of Marseilles. During a news conference, President Trump said the shooting "looks like another terrorist attack" as he stood with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

The Thursday incident resembles recent attacks on soldiers in Paris. At the famous Louvre museum, soldiers were targeted in February, while there was an assault at Orly airport in March. 

Tensions are growing in France, just three days before the first round of balloting in the country's presidential election. Two men were arrested on Tuesday in what police say was a terror attempt. Security continues to be high ever since a spate of terrorist incidents in Paris and broadly across the country that have been connected to Muslim extremists since 2015. A state of emergency remains in effect after several parliamentary votes.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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