Gunman Shouts Allah Hu Akbar as He Opens Fire and Take Hostages In France!

by Ammar Nasir

Two people have been shot dead, while many others wounded after ISIS gunman  opened fire at a group of police officers in southern France and allegedly took hostages at a supermarket on Friday.

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French gendarmes block the access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. (Source: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The gunman took on to the supermarket in Trèbes, 50 miles away from Toulouse. According to several sources, the gunman is associated with the terrorist group ISIS, however, the claim is unclear yet.

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French gendarmes block the access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. (Source: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier today, the suspect opened fire at the police nearby. According to Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, this has been called as a ‘serious situation’ in the light of recent several terrorist attacks in the country.

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At least one person was feared dead after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group fired shots in a hostage-taking at a supermarket in southwest France, police said. (Source: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister said, “Shots were heard, a man appears to be holed up in a supermarket, probably with hostages, A police operation is underway.”

He further elaborated, “All of the information we have at the moment suggests that this is a terrorist attack.”

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At least two people were killed after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group opened fire and took hostages at a supermarket in southwest France. (Source: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

According to BFM TV, after taking the hostages, the gunman demanded the release of Salah Abdelslam, the main surviving suspect of the Paris attack that took the lives of more than 130 people in 2015.

The attacker is a Moroccan national, security officials told Agence France-Presse (AFP). The armed suspect was carrying some hand grenades, knives and guns and shouted he wanted to avenge ‘Syria’.

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(Source: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The officials from the Paris prosecutors have stated that an investigation has been opened for the incident, but it will be too early to elaborate any further.

The mayor of Trèbes, Eric Menassi, confirmed that the terrorist is now under the custody of a police officer in the supermarket and the hostages have been freed.

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(Source: ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister has not commented on the causalities caused by the tragic incident yet. However, according to local reports, one of the person who died in the incident was a butcher.

France is currently on the high alert since a series of terrorist attack in country in the year 2015 and 2016 that killed more than 200 people.



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