France hostage taking: 'One dead' in Trèbes supermarket

France hostage taking: 'One dead' in Trèbes supermarket
From BBC - March 23, 2018

A gunman is believed to have killed at least one person during a hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trbes, southern France.

Elite police have rushed to the Super U shop, and there are unconfirmed reports of another death.

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.

Trbes 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".

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