PARIS (AP) - Paris police say a security operation is underway in the Champs-Elysees shopping district and are urging people to avoid the area.
Two French police officials have told The Associated Press that a suspected attacker drove into a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris.
A French security official says that the attacker on Champs-Elysees avenue is probably dead and the bomb squad is on the scene.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says the driver whose car exploded as he tried to ram a police vehicle is "most probably" dead.
Brandet said bomb squads were still securing the scene. He said the attacker appeared to have acted deliberately.
France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
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