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Terror probe launched into incident on Champs Elysees

The incident came just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, three days before the first round of France’s presidential election.It is unclear why the attacker, who has been arrested, drove into the police.Reports of a auto fire near the Champs-Elysees prompted police to block off the area’s shopping district in Paris, according to media reports Monday.Police vehicles prevent the access to the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Monday, June 19, 2017. French national police had tweeted that no one was injured in the incident. Bomb squads are combing the area and the nearest subway station is closed to the public.No police officers or passers-by were hurt, the Paris police department said. The high-end neighborhood is popular with tourists.The famous site was the site of an April shooting in which a police officer was killed by an attacker supporting the Islamic State terror group.The small white auto caught on fire after the collision and the driver may be dead, France’s interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters Monday afternoon. France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.