One policewoman has succumbed to injuries she sustained in a new shooting in the southern part of the French capital, Paris, just a day after a deadly attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo headquarters.
According to witnesses, an unidentified gunman wearing a bullet-proof vest opened fire on police officers with an automatic rifle at Montrouge.
A second victim was reported in serious condition.
France’s Interior Minister Berbard Cazeneuve said the gunman is on the run, calling for “control of the information that is broadcast and self-control to allow those on the front lines in the fight against crime and terrorism to complete the investigations underway.”
The shooting comes after gunmen attacked the Paris office of the French magazine, killing nearly a dozen people and wounding about eight others on Wednesday.
In the meantime, France has raised its security alarm to the highest level.
The attack took place at a time of heightened fears in France and other European capitals over the fallout from the ongoing ISIL militancy in Iraq and Syria.
Hundreds of European citizens have joined the ranks of the Takfiri militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The US-led western countries and some of their Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf regions are accused of supporting and funding the militants.
Some reports say the ISIL Takfiri group, which has been waging wars in Syria and Iraq, had earlier threatened to attack France.
Just minutes before the Wednesday attack, the magazine had tweeted a satirical cartoon of the ISIL leader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abubakr al-Baghdadi.