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France hostage taking: 'One dead' in Trèbes supermarket


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A 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, where another person has been seriously wounded, a police union said.

Reports say the gunman, who remains in the supermarket, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Earlier, a policeman was shot and wounded while jogging with colleagues in Carcassonne, a 15-minute drive away,

He was shot in the shoulder by the same suspect involved in the supermarket hostage-taking but is not critically injured, Yves Lefebvre, secretary-general of the SGP Police-FO union told the Associated Press.

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".

Hundreds of police officers have been deployed to the area, and the vicinity has been cordoned off.

Counter-terrorism prosecutors are leading the investigation but few details have been provided.

France has been hit with several deadly jihadist attacks since 2015 and has been on high alert since. A state of emergency put in place after attacks in Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people was lifted in October.






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Some posts removed. Opinions is not the problem, abusing someone just for them belonging to a religion is wrong.


Our prayers and wishes for the ones affected.


Terrorism is indeed an curse to the humanity. As far as this terror group is concerned, it's good to see a big improvement has happened from some time now there.

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