Paris police operation underway on Champs-Elysees

Police have confirmed a security incident on the Champs Elysees in central Paris, after a man drove his vehicle into a police van.”I’ll go back to my hotel now”, said Alexander Ferreira.The armed driver deliberately plowed into the police vehicle and later died, authorities said.Brandet said bomb squads were still securing the scene.Update 6.47pm: The driver who rammed a vehicle carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris has died after the “attempted attack” on security forces, France’s interior minister said. He said they were in London shortly after the recent big attack there.Authorities say a driver has rammed his auto into a police vehicle in the Champs-Elysees shopping district.Morcilla, who was in Paris on vacation with his girlfriend, took video of the aftermath of the attack. But besides the driver – who police say is now dead – no cops or bystanders suffered any injuries.Police had earlier warned people to avoid the neighbourhood, one of the French capital’s most popular with tourists. Police say the suspect was armed, and had been knocked out and gravely injured in an encounter with police.Two police officials told The Associated Press that a handgun was found on the driver, who they said was badly burned after the vehicle exploded.It is unclear why the attacker, who has been arrested, drove into the police.The suspect is wearing a white shirt and dark shorts and prone on his stomach on the avenue.The announcement on a police Twitter account advised the public to avoid the area, and came after people took to social media to report that a auto had caught fire in the area. Police shot and killed Karim Cheurfi as he tried to escape on the busy tourist boulevard.France is now in a state of emergency after being hit by a wave of deadly terror attacks in recent years.Hours later, access to the avenue remained blocked, while bomb squads combed the area.