PARIS (CBS4) – The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting on Paris’ Champs Elysees.

One police officer was killed and two others were critically hurt in the attack.

A statement from the group’s news agency gave a pseudonym for the shooting indicating he was Belgian. The attacker, identified as Aby Yusuf al-Beljiki, opened fire on a police can before being killed. That pseudonym indicates the attacker had some sort of ties to Islamic extremism.

France’s presidential candidates have expressed solidarity with the country’s police forces following the shootings. The first round of the election, which will narrow the 11 candidates to two, is set for Sunday.


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