Car Full of Explosives Rams Police Van on Champs-Elysees in Paris, Armed Suspect Dead

Police officers and pedestrians stand by a sealed-off area of the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris after a car crashed into a police van Monday.

An armed man who deliberately rammed his car into a police van in Paris on Monday afternoon has been taken down by officers and is dead, French authorities said.

The incident took place on the iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard in central Paris, the latest attack this year against security forces in the French capital.

Gerard Collomb, France’s interior minister, addressed reporters Monday afternoon, saying that the Champs-Elysees attacker’s car contained weapons and explosives.

“Enough to allow him to blow up this car,” Collomb said.

The small white car caught on fire after the collision with the mobile police unit.

The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an anti-terror investigation into the incident, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

“This shows once again that the threat level in France is extremely high,” Collomb said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Melissa Bell, Saskya Vandoorne and Joe Sterling