Ratas, Mikser condemn Paris attack ({{commentsTotal}})

Police in Paris were attacked by a terrorist on Thursday. April 20, 2017.
Police in Paris were attacked by a terrorist on Thursday. April 20, 2017. Source: (Reuters/AFP/Scanpix)

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser condemned Thursday's terrorist attack along the Champs-Élysées in Paris which left one police officer dead and two wounded.

"I condemn the barbaric murder of the police officer on duty who was targeted by terrorists on Champs-Élysées," Ratas wrote on social media. "Our thoughts are with Paris."

“The security of Europe and our citizens is our greatest challenge today and international cooperation here is crucial," said Mikser according to a ministry press release. "We have to fight against terrorism even harder and more effectively.

“I strongly condemn the Paris terrorist attack," he continued. "Such an attack is a crime against everything humane and has no place in our society. My sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and wounded and to the French people."

A lone gunman opened fire on a police van on the popular Champs-Élysées late Thursday night, killing one police officer and injuring two others. According to information from the French Minitry of the Interior, the gunman was also killed.

The Islamic State group has taken credit for the attack.

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