1 Killed In Hostage-Taking Attack On French Supermarket
Supermarket In France Attacked For HostagesA gunman is believed to have killed at least one person during a hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, southern France.
Elite police have rushed to the Super U shop, and there are unconfirmed reports of another death, reports the BBC.
A prosecutor says the gunman, who remains in the supermarket, claims to be in the Islamic State group.
Earlier, a policeman was shot and wounded while jogging with colleagues in Carcassonne, a 15-minute drive away,
He was not critically injured. It is unclear if the incidents are connected though media reports suggest they are.
Trèbes Mayor Eric Menassi told BFM TV that the gunman was now alone in the shop with one police officer, after other hostages were freed.
A security source told French news agency AFP that most employees and customers at the supermarket "managed to flee."
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said the situation was "serious" and that all signs pointed towards a "terrorist act."
The regional police chief said authorities believed one person had been killed at the supermarket. Other sources put the death toll at two.
Hundreds of police officers have been deployed in the area, and the area has been cordoned off.
The incident unfolded late Friday morning. A local prosecutor said the attack appeared to be "ISIS-inspired," CNN affiliate BFM TV reported.
French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said on Twitter that he was on his way to Trebes. He had been briefed by security forces and a security cordon has been established in the area, he wrote. "Avoid the area and stay tuned to the instructions from authorities," his tweet said.
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