Authorities in Paris on Friday are investigating a home believed to be linked to the attack on police on the Champs-Elysees that resulted in the death of one officer.
Two police officials said the chief suspect in the fatal attack was a 39-year-old man from a suburb east of the French capital. Officials said the assailant was armed with an automatic firearm akin to a “war weapon.”
The suspect’s name was not publicly released. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack and gave a pseudonym for the shooter, Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki, indicating he was Belgian or had lived in Belgium. The attacker opened fire on a police van on the avenue before being killed.
The claim of responsibility came unusually swiftly for the group, which has been losing territory in Iraq and Syria.
Searches were conducted in at least one suburb east of Paris after Thursday’s attack. Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighborhood in Chelles early Friday, and worried neighbors expressed surprise at the searches.
The police officials were not authorized to be publicly named discussing the ongoing investigation.