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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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Man sought after Paris shooting 'surrenders to police'

The iconic Champs Elysees boulevard has reopened to traffic following Thursday night's shooting. Credit: AP

A man hunted in connection with a suspected terrorist shooting on the Champs-Élysées in Paris has reportedly handed himself in to police.

The Belga news agency said the man surrendered to Antwerp police.

A spokesperson for the French interior ministry, quoted by Europe 1 radio, earlier said the wanted man had been flagged to French police by Belgian security services.

His nationality was not known.

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