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Two dead as suspected IS gunman takes hostages in France

24 March 2018, 12:31 | Mandy Simon

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Three people were killed and 16 wounded in southwestern France when a gunman held up a auto, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket, screaming "Allahu Akbar".

Lakdim had screamed "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and shot at police before taking the hostages inside the Super U supermarket.

The violence began on Friday morning in Carcassonne, where Lakdim hijacked a vehicle, killing one passenger - whose body was later found hidden in a bush - and injuring the driver.

A radicalized petty criminal killed three people in a series of attacks in southern France on Friday, before police shot him dead after an hourslong siege.

One person died in the carjacking, and two others were killed at the market, the French Interior Ministry said.

It was the deadliest attack in France since Emmanuel Macron became president a year ago.

Lt-Col Beltrame, who was in his mid-40s, was a qualified parachutist who served for a time in Iraq in 2005 and also worked as part of the elite Republican Guard that protects the French president's Elysee Place offices and residence in Paris, Mr Macron said. Police officers and investigators are seen in front of a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes.

In a press conference late Friday, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said a female associate of Lakdim had been placed in custody in connection with Friday's attacks.

"I was five metres away from him", the store's security guard said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says all information suggests that the shooting inside a supermarket in southern France and the earlier shooting of a police officer "seems to be a terrorist act".

Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame here in 2013 was hailed as hero by French officials
Two dead as suspected IS gunman takes hostages in France

Mr Macron is at an European Union summit in Brussels, but said he would return to oversee the response to the attack.

"When we heard shots, the GIGN - a specialist police tactical unit - intervened", Mr Collumb said, adding that the policeman was "seriously injured" during his "act of heroism".

"Today's events are an unfortunate and tragic reminder that the level of the terrorist threat on our territory has not diminished", Mr Molins said.

Redouane Lakdim, the 26-year-old Moroccan, demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the group of ISIS attackers which carried out coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people in November 2015.

That assault marked the first of several big militant attacks in France, including the January 2015 assault on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

"He fell as a hero, giving up his life to halt the murderous outfit of a jihadist terrorist", President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement early this morning. French Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb traveled to the scene, which was put under lockdown by armed police. About 20 people found refuge in its cold storage room, witnesses said.

Collomb said three people were wounded.

Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame was among the first responders at the hostage-taking scene at the "Super U" supermarket in the town of Trebes on Friday.

Islamic State is also known as Isis. The attack came after a police officer was wounded by an armed man who followed the authorities' patrol auto and shot at the vehicle.

13 Jun 2016 - A police officer and his partner are stabbed to death at home by a jihadist, in Magnanville, west of Paris.

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