Paris (CNN)The French presidential election campaign was stopped in its tracks on Friday after a deadly attack on a police bus on the Champs-Elysees in the heart of Paris.
The attacker — named by the Paris prosecutor’s office as Karim Cheurfi — killed one police officer and badly injured two others in the attack at around 9 p.m. local time on Thursday.
A second man, suspected of being linked to the shooting, surrendered himself in Belgium.
ISIS claimed that the attack — days before the first round of voting and just as candidates were taking part in a TV debate — was carried out by one of its “fighters,” whom it called “the Belgian.”
French media reported Cheurfi was on the radar of intelligence services. But a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor, Agnes Thibault Lecuivre, said he was not on the official “Fiche S” surveillance list, which tracks individuals suspected of being radicalized.
Police on Friday arrested three relatives of Cheurfi, who was shot dead by police at the scene of the attack.