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19th Jun 2017

Champs Elysees cordoned off after car crashes into police van in Paris

The driver is believed to have been armed

Conor Heneghan

The situation is under control and no injuries to police officers or members of the public have been reported.

A security operation is underway in Paris after a car crashed into a police van near the Champs Elysees on Monday afternoon.

According to French news agency AFP, the car burst into flames upon impact and the driver was seriously injured as a result. The driver is also believed to have been armed.

Police in Paris say the situation is under control and that no injuries were sustained by police officials or members of the public.

The national police force in France have urged the public to respect the security perimeter and the instructions of security forces.

The incident comes less than 24 hours after a man drove a car into a mosque in London; one person died and another ten were injured as a result.