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Supermarket terror in France

24 March 2018

Christian Guibbert told reporters "we heard an explosion, well, several explosions".

Guibbert said he had sought shelter with his wife, sister-in-law and other customers into the butchery's refrigerator. "I then evacuated the clients, about 20, who were in my area and we went quietly out of the back", said Francois, who has been employed at the supermarket since last November.

He said the suspect "ran after me".

Officials said once they heard shots inside the market they chose to storm it.

Three helicopters could be seen circling over Trebes throughout the day, while heavily armed police closed down roads surrounding the supermarket.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks, however President Macron said security services were still checking that claim.

At least three people were killed on Friday in a shooting spree and hostage siege in southern France by a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group, security sources told AFP.

France is part of the USA -led coalition against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. France is part of that coalition.

When he went inside the supermarket, he left his phone on so police could hear his interactions with the gunman, Collomb said.

Changing target, he headed towards the riot police's garrison, where he shot at four officers jogging outside, before driving away.

Lakdim, who was killed in the police assault after around four hours, reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" - "God is greatest" - as he burst into the Super U store.

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At around 11 am local time on Friday, the gunman first held up a vehicle, killing one person and wounding another.

French police killed a gunman holed up in a supermarket Friday after he took a number of people hostage.

He says Lakdim acted alone.

Another police official also confirms the suspect was shot and killed.

"We send our condolences to [French Ambassador to the UN François] Delattre and [France's mission to the UN] on the frightful loss of life in the terror attack and we commend the French security forces for their fearless actions in neutralizing the terrorist", Danon wrote in a tweet.

Macron rushed back from an European Union summit in Brussels to Paris, where counterterrorism investigators took over the investigation.

Cedric Beltrame said that "if we don't describe him as a hero, I don't know what you need to do to be a hero".

He served in Iraq in 2005, and was given an award for bravery in 2007, Macron said.

He said that before the attacker seized hostages he killed one person while stealing a auto with a bullet in the head in the nearby historic town of Carcassonne.

Sixteen people were injured, two seriously, in what Mr Macron called an act of "Islamist terrorism".

The French Interior Ministry said on its Twitter account Friday that police and rescue operations were the priority.

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Paris counterterrorism investigators took over the probe into the attack in Trebes and nearby Carcassonne.

The incident is continuing inside a supermarket in the small town of Trebes.

The order of the shots was unclear, Collomb said.

At what point was the officer wounded?

Anti-terror prosecutors have taken over the investigation.

The police officers, based in the southern city of Marseille, were on a temporary mission in Carcassonne, he said.

There were initially conflicting reports amid the chaos of the shooting, with L'independent claiming two men shot at the cops from inside a auto.

Macron pushed through a tough counterterrorism law a year ago that gives police extra powers to conduct searches and hold people under house arrest.

Then he fired on police officers in Carcassonne, a town that is a UN World Heritage site and a major French tourist attraction.

"The killer came out of the supermarket, threatening the colonel with his weapon", Mr Molins said.

Bordeaux - A mother in southwest France who drowned five of her newborn babies and hid them in a freezer before her family made the grim discovery, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Friday.

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Supermarket terror in France