Female police officer dies in Paris shooting

It was unclear at this stage whether there was any link to the killings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Female police officer dies in Paris shooting

World Bulletin/News Desk

A female police officer shot Thursday morning in southern Paris has died, a number of French media outlets have reported.

The French Le Figaro said an exchange of gunfire took place at 7:15 a.m. local time (0615GMT) in the Malakoff area. 

The newspaper said gunfire was heard in the neighborhood, and when local police arrived an unidentified man wearing body armor started firing at them, reportedly with a Kalashnikov. 

Police said they identified the vehicle used by the gunman, who is still on the loose. Heavily armed police are on the scene and explosives experts are examining the suspect's car. 

Witnesses reported seeing an armored police tactical vehicle on the scene. 

It is unknown if the incident was related to Wednesday's Charlie Hebdo attack, which left 12 people dead. 

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said several arrests had been made overnight as police continued to search for the two main suspects in the case. 

The country's interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, called for people to remain measured and responsible in the face of the terrorism threat.

 

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