US Vice President Mike Pence on Friday condemned the deadly shooting attack on police officers patrolling the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Thursday, vowing the US “will not relent” in its fight against terrorism.
The terror attack, claimed by the Islamic State, killed one officer and injured two other policemen and a female tourist.
During a speech to business leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia, Pence said the shooting of police officers on the famous boulevard is the “latest reminder that terrorism can strike anywhere, anytime.” He said the US “will not relent in our effort to end terrorism.”
The people of Paris have “our condolences and our prayers,” he added.
French police officials said the chief suspect, who was shot dead at the scene of the attack, was a 39-year-old man from a suburb east of the French capital with a criminal past.
Police said they searched the home overnight Thursday-Friday of the man they suspect carried out the attack. A police document obtained by The Associated Press identifies the address searched in the town of Chelles as the family home of Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with a police record.
Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighborhood early Friday, as worried neighbors expressed surprise at the searches.
Cheurfi was convicted of attacking a police officer in 2001, according to archive reports by French newspaper Le Parisien.
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Earlier Thursday, police said Cheurfi was a known terror suspect.
Investigators said he emerged from a car and used an automatic weapon to shoot at officers outside a Marks & Spencer’s store at the center of the Champs-Elysees. Two police officers and a woman tourist were also wounded. He was shot dead in return fire while trying to flee on foot, just meters from the Arc de Triomphe.
Dramatic footage emerged after the attack showing police shooting at the assailant.