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TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - At least one person was killed when a man took hostages in a supermarket in the southwestern French town of Trebes on Friday, the mayor told BFM TV. The station reported that the hostage-taker has claimed allegiance to Islamic State.
Mayor Eric Menassi also told LCI TV that the man had entered the shop screaming “Allahu Akbar, (God is greatest) I’ll kill you all”!
Another person was hurt but their condition was not known, Menassi said. The hostage-taker was now alone with one police officer in the supermarket and all other hostages had been freed, he added.
LCI TV said the second victim was also dead and that 12 people were injured. (Graphics on 'France hostages' - tmsnrt.rs/2Gi8mAo)
“All the information we have as I speak lead us to think that this would be a terrorist act,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
More than 240 people have been killed in France in attacks since 2015 by assailants who pledged allegiance to, or were inspired by, Islamic State.
Collomb said the gunman had demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam - the prime surviving suspect in Islamic State suicide bombing and mass shooting attacks on a sports stadium, concert hall and restaurants that killed 130 people in Paris in 2015.
Abdeslam, a French citizen born and raised in Brussels, went on trial in Belgium last month. He is accused of "attempted murder in a terrorist context" over a Brussels shootout in March 2016, four months after he fled Paris on the night of the carnage during which his brother was among the suicide bombers.
The kettle pot is about to start whistling.
originally posted by: Allaroundyou
a reply to: skunkape23
Your drift??? I think you really meant to say extremist should be put “under control” or “eliminated”.
originally posted by: auroraaus
just a heads up, I posted this yesterday in the same forum