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One policeman has been killed and another wounded in an apparent shooting on the famous Champs Élysées in central Paris and the shooter has been shot dead by police.

UPDATE 15:44 ESTReuters reports that there are two men involved in the shooting and only one of them was shot dead. They also report that police are considering the incident an act of terrorism.

UPDATE 15:35 EST: One policeman is confirmed to have died at the scene while the other officer is severely injured. Police also say that the attacker was shot and killed.

The police are said to have been severely injured in gunfire according to French television station BFMTV and another bystander seems also to have been injured.

The prefecture of the Paris police has issued a warning for residents and others to avoid the area through Twitter and said that a police operation is under way.

Some have claimed that the gunfire came from a Kalashnikov rifle, though so far there has been no comment from police on the nature of the incident or on any potential suspects.

Several Twitter users have posted videos of massive police presence in the area.

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