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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 a short while ago, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

A security source said the two were killed in the attack at a Super U store in the town of Trebes.

Armed police were also responding to the earlier shooting of a policeman in the town of Carcassonne, 15 minutes drive away, which took place at around 11 am (1000 GMT).

It was unclear if the two incidents were linked.

The gunman claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group, the local prosecutor's office said, and the incident was being treated as a terror attack.

Local authorities tweeted that the area around the supermarket was off-limits to the public, while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was a "serious" incident.

If the link to Islamic State is confirmed, the hostage-taking would be the first deadly attack in France since October, when two young women were stabbed to death outside Marseille's main train station.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb was heading to the scene, he wrote on Twitter
The area of southwest France where Friday's shootings took place has been scarred by Islamic extremism before.

  Comments - 5

  • Anja Friday, 23 March 2018 08:33 PM

    Feeling the heat trying to interfear via DM Android App

    Truthseeker Friday, 23 March 2018 09:49 PM

    Religion of peace everybody! Let's keep bringing more of these peace loving, gentle folk into the country, and if you disagree you must be a racist, bigoted islamophobe!

    mohamd Saturday, 24 March 2018 02:43 PM

    Just because France says they believe ( not yet confirmed ) - you just jummped a conclusion. In USA school boy killed more than 17 children - Did you talk about their religion - As per the news and social media so called state has destroyed its own countries and people not outsiders

    Arnold Saturday, 24 March 2018 03:17 PM

    Lets have your expert opinion and judgement about the riots in Kandy as well.

    The Truth Saturday, 24 March 2018 04:00 PM

    Terrorists have no religion. No religion commands to kill innocents or burn down property like what happened in Kandy.


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