Turkey condemns attack on Champs-Elysees in Paris
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
AFP photoThe Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned the deadly April 20 attack targeting police officers on the Champs-Elysees in the French capital.
“Turkey and the Turkish people, who have been subjected to similar attacks many times, understand and share the suffering of the French people,” read the statement issued on April 21.
“We would like to express our condolences to the friendly French nation and the French police department, with whom we are in solidarity on this difficult day,” it stated, adding that Turkey would continue to support France in the fight against terrorism.
The attacker was killed after opening fire on a police vehicle with what witnesses described as a Kalashnikov assault rifle at around 9 p.m. local time (1900GMT) and attempting to flee.
The assault left one police officer dead and two others injured, one of whom remains in hospital.
French police arrested three people overnight following the shooting, local media reported on April 21.
The attack came less than three days before French voters were due to go to the polls in presidential elections.
Three of the main candidates in the April 23 poll called off planned events on April 21, the final day of campaigning.