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Police secure the area near a burned car at the scene of an incident in which it rammed a gendarmerie van on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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PARIS (Reuters) - A man who rammed his car into a police van near Paris' Champs Elysees avenue on Monday had pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants, a source close to the investigation said on Tuesday.

The source said the man, who died in the attack, had given a letter to his brother-in-law announcing his support for the group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq.

(Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; writing by John Irish; Editing by Richard Lough)

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