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2 police wounded by 'Islamist' on French island

2 police wounded   by Islamist on   French island
A suspected Islamist radical shot and wounded two policemen on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him on Thursday, authorities said.

The attack comes a week after a French policeman was shot and killed and two others wounded on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, just days after the first round of the presidential election.

More than 230 people have been killed in a string of jihadist attacks on the French mainland since January 2015 and the country has been under a state of emergency for nearly a year and a half.

"The man refused to be arrested and fired a rifle at police," a government official said, adding that the suspect - in his 20s, who is believed to be a recent convert to Islam - was now in custody.

The lives of the two officers are not in danger and the anti-terrorist department of the Paris prosecutors' office is investigating the attack. The man lived with his mother, also in custody, in an apartment in Saint-Benoit, in the island's east.


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