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Officials open terror investigation in Champs-Elysées vehicle collision

June 19, 2017 - 2:17 pm
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(PARIS) -- A vehicle collided with a police car near the Champs-Elysées in Paris Monday, and the incident is being investigated as an act of terror, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed to ABC News.

The car, a white Renault Mégane, has been immobilized, police said, and no one was injured.

The driver has died, officials added.

Andrew Cawley, a witness to the incident, wrote on Facebook that he saw smoke coming from a white car, following a series of loud noises.

“We were sleeping in the park around 20 [meters] away from the incident," Cawley wrote. "There was a very loud bang followed by 3 'popping' sounds (like gun shots) then silence."

Gérard Collomb, France's interior minister, did not hesitate to call the attack an attempt to commit terrorism.

“Once again, French police were targeted with this attempted terror attack on the Champs-Elysées," Collomb said.

Collomb also said there were weapons and explosives inside of the car.

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