PARIS A driver rammed a auto carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove down Paris' Champs Elysees avenue on Monday in the latest in a string of European attacks involving vehicles. There was no early claim of responsibility for the assault.
"Security forces have been targeted in France once again", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, calling the incident an "attempted attack".
A man carrying guns and explosives died when he rammed a auto into a police van Monday on Paris' famed Champs-Élysées in what officials characterize as a deliberate attack.
An interior ministry spokesperson said "it appeared to have been a deliberate act".
No police or bystanders were injured in the incident on the Champs-Elysees, where a jihadist shot dead a policeman two months ago.
Gerard Collomb, France's interior minister, told reporters near the scene the man meant to attack the security forces and that the vehicle was carrying explosives.
However, several more attacks have occurred since, with the bloodiest on Bastille Day a year ago in Nice where a man drove his truck into a crowd, killing 86 people.
The incident also came after a van mowed down several people leaving a London mosque just after midnight on Monday.
France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
Four suspects were detained overnight in the anti-terrorism probe into Monday's attack, the Paris prosecutor's office announced. Investigators, however, found more weapons and explosives inside the vehicle.
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A senior police officer and his female companion were both killed by a radicalised man at their home in the Paris suburbs a year ago. The minister used the occasion to explain the continued need for a state of emergency, in place since 2015, and plans to extend it until November 1, to be presented at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.
The interior minister said the incident shows the threat is still very high in the country and justifies the state of emergency.