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A Russian military adviser was killed in Syria, according to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry.
Maj. Sergey Bordov was killed when the Syrian army unit he was advising was attacked by "militants," the ministry said. It did not say whether the fighters were members of the Islamic State or one of the various factions fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally.
"During the militants' attack, the Russian officer directed the actions of the Syrian soldiers, thus successfully preventing the terrorists from breaching the defenses and entering the camp," the ministry said in a statement. It added that "in the course of the fighting, the officer sustained fatal injuries."
The Russian and Syrian governments generally refer to all of the disparate groups fighting against Assad as "terrorists" whether they are affiliated with the Islamic State or not.
TASS reported the defense ministry disputed media reports two other Russian service members were killed in fighting in Syria.
A policeman was shot dead while two other officers were seriously injured by a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on the Champs Elysees in central Paris last night.
The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old father Karim Cheurfi - who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 - parked his Audi and opened fire after police stopped at a red light on the world famous avenue.
One traffic officer died instantly with a shot to the head, while the other two were hurt before Cheurfi himself was gunned down by nearby armed police.
A ricocheting bullet fired by the terrorist also wounded a female foreign tourist passing by. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Dramatic footage captured the moment French police chased and shot at the gunman, who later died. His ID was found in the Audi he was driving, which confirmed he was known to security services for a number of recent offences and had been flagged as 'an extremist'.
Officers have been searching the home of the alleged shooter in east Paris. He had been detained last month after it emerged he was trying to buy weapons 'to kill police', but was released due to lack of evidence.
A French government spokesman said the ISIS gunman began firing against police using 'a weapon of war'.
Police have now launched a desperate manhunt for a second suspect, who travelled by train to France from Belgium.
The fatal incident unfolded as presidential candidates, including National Front party leader Marine Le Pen, debated on a TV show nearby before Sunday's election.
The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi - who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 - parked his Audi and opened fire after police stopped at a red light on the world famous avenue. Pictured is his arrest warrant from last month, when he was detained for trying to obtain weapons 'to kill police'
French police officers and forensic teams searched a vehicle which was close to the scene on the Champs Elysees in Paris
Armed police officers stood guard after they rushed to the scene in the centre of the capital following the incident which left frightened witnesses sprinting for their lives