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Paris police shooting gunman named by authorities

The gunman who shot dead a police officer and seriously injured two others on the Champs-Élysées in Paris has been named as Karim Cheurfi.

Officials said he was known to police and was detained in February, but was later released due to a lack of evidence.

Here is what we know:

  • A man believed to be the principal attacker was shot dead at the scene after opening fire on police
  • The slain officer has been identified as Xavier Jugele
  • A second man wanted in connection to the attack has reportedly handed himself in
  • Eyewitnesses said an attacker opened fire with a Kalashnikov gun
  • The counter-terrorism unit in Paris has launched an investigation
  • So-called Islamic State said it was behind the shooting
  • Police raids have been carried out in a suburb east of Paris which is believed to be linked to the attack
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Note defending IS 'found next to body of Paris attacker'

Flowers have been placed on the Champs-Elysees in memory of the slain police officer. Credit: AP

A written note defending the so-called Islamic State was found next to the body of the gunman killed after he shot dead a police officer in Paris, Reuters has reported, citing a judicial source.

The hardline militant group has said it directed the attack, which also wounded two other police officers.

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