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

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A bomb disposal police officer (R) checks a car in a sealed off area on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, on June 19, 2017 after a car crashed into a police van before bursting into flames, with the driver being armed, probe sources said.
A source close to the investigation said the driver was “seriously injured”. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

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