Driver in suspected car-ramming attack in Paris dies

Authorities suspect collision and explosion on Champs Elysees was a deliberate attack on police.

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Police inspect car used by Champs Elysees shooter
Police inspect car used by Champs Elysees shooter
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The driver of a vehicle which crashed into a police van and then burst into flames in Paris has died, the BBC reported

The French Interior Minister confirmed that the shooter died in the collison. He was also reportedly armed.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told the Associated Press that authorities believe the collision was a deliberate attack and should be considered terrorism. Two gas canisters, two handguns and one Kalashnikov were found in the car which was set on fire by the driver before the collision.

No one was injured in the attack, which took place on the Champs Elysees.

The Champs Elysees was the site of another terrorist attack last April in which a police officer was murdered. ISIS claimed responsibility for the April attack.

The driver was known to police and had been flagged for extremism, police said.