Egypt strongly condemns Paris' Champs Elysees shooting
Ahram Online, , Friday 21 Apr 2017

Egypt strongly condemned on Friday a shooting on Paris's famed Champs Elysees on Thursday that killed one police officer and injured others.

In an official statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry, spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid reiterated Egypt’s stance calling for resolve in fighting terrorist organisations and putting an end to operations that target civilians.

Abu Zeid offered his condolences to the victim’s family, emphasising Egypt’s support for the government and people of France in facing a “terrorism that targets all nations without exception."

On Thursday, a French police officer was killed and two other officers were wounded in a shooting on the Champs Elysees, just days ahead of France's presidential election.

France's interior ministry said the gunman was killed after opening fire on the officers at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT) on the boulevard. Anti-terror prosecutors have opened an investigation.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.