Car explodes as driver tries to ram police vehicle on Paris’ Champs-Elysees

PARIS —  A French security official says that the attacker on Champs-Elysees avenue is probably dead and the bomb squad is on the scene.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says the driver whose car exploded as he tried to ram a police vehicle is “most probably” dead.

Brandet said bomb squads were still securing the scene. He said the attacker appeared to have acted deliberately.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the incident.

Earlier, authorities said the suspect had been arrested.