Paris attack driver ‘had firearms license’ despite being known to police

In the latest ramming incident in Europe, a man drove on Monday his explosives-laden vehicle into a police van that was headed down the famed Champs Elysees avenue in the French capital Paris.Leonard Odihe said he saw officers break into the vehicle, pull the man out and throw two weapons on the ground, “a big pistol and another big arm like the weapons police carry”. Moreover, the head of the French Shooting Federation said police had visited Djaziri’s shooting club to enquire about him – implying they knew about his keen interest in guns.”We have a situation where a lot of individuals are radicalized in France, and it’s very hard to prevent them”, he said. The bill may also empower officials to shut down places of worship on the grounds of seeking to prevent a possible future attack.Security analysts say vehicle attacks often represent last-ditch attempts at violence and are hard to prevent.A vehicle collided with a police auto near the Champs-Elysées in Paris today, and the incident is being investigated as an act of terror, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed to ABC News.The ex-wife, brother and sister-in-law of Adam Dzaziri were detained yesterday afternoon after police questioned them at the family home near Paris.The car’s driver, whose identity was not released, was killed in the incident, said Gerard Collomb, France’s interior minister, speaking to reporters at the scene.Police broke into the auto and pulled the driver out.There has been another attempted terror attack in Paris, the fifth one in the past four months.A police operation is under way on the Champs Elysees avenue after a auto collided a with a police vehicle in Paris, France. ISIS said the man was one of its fighters, and Cheurfi had a note defending ISIS in his pocket.Since the November 2015 Paris attacks that saw 130 people slaughtered, and last year’s Nice truck assault that claimed 86 lives, the country has seen a string of smaller attacks targeting security forces.Earlier Monday, a van plowed into a crowd of Muslims near a London mosque, injuring 10 people.Collomb will introduce a proposal to extend the state of emergency in France at a meeting of ministers on Wednesday.