Attempted Car-ramming Attack in Paris: France Confirms Driver, Carrying Explosives, Killed

Attacker rammed a police van with explosive-laden vehicle on the central Champs Elysees avenue ■ France's interior minister says the attacker's motives are not yet clear

Police officers walk across a sealed off area on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, June 19, 2017.
Police officers walk across a sealed off area on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, June 19, 2017. AFP Photo / Thomas Samson

France's interior minister says that a driver who rammed a car carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue on Monday has died after the "attempted attack" on security forces.

Gerard Collomb told reporters near the scene that the man's motives weren't immediately clear. The car hit the front of a police van as it was overtaking it and caught fire, a police spokeswoman told reporters.

Bomb squad officers are at the scene on the city's most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists. It was the second major incident on the avenue this year.

An attacker defending the Islamic State group shot and killed a police officer on the Champs-Elysees in April, days before a presidential election, prompting an extensive security operation.