Second man nabbed linked to French attack

Second man nabbed linked to French attack”

French gendarmes block an access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France.

The attacker first fired six shots at police officers on their way back from jogging near the city of Carcassonne on Friday morning, said Lefebvre.

Emmanuel Macron, the French President, called Mr Beltrame a hero.

"Our country has suffered an Islamist terrorist attack", Macron said in a televised address following the rampage in the medieval town of Carcassonne and nearby Trebes.

"I want to state my absolute determination to the nation to lead this fight". Amaq offered no evidence ISIS had any contact with the attacker.

In July 2016, in another attack claimed by IS, a man drove a truck through revellers celebrating Bastille Day in the Riviera resort of Nice, killing 84 people.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb identified the suspect as Redouane Lakdim, a 26-year-old who was considered radicalised and was being watched by terror police before he carried out the atrocity.

"He was added to the list because of his radicalisation and his links with the Salafist movement", Francois Molins, France's top anti-terror prosecutor, said at a press conference in Carcassonne.

Witnesses said the man shouted, "I am a Daesh soldier", using another name for ISIS.

CNN could not independently confirm the gunman made the demand.

Abdeslam, a French citizen born and raised in Brussels, went on trial in Belgium last month.

Lakdim first killed one person with a bullet in the head while stealing a auto in Carcassonne, which is one of France's top tourist attractions.

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Lakdim then went to a Super U supermarket in nearby Trebes, 60 miles - 100 kilometers - southeast of Toulouse, shooting and killing two people in the market and taking an unknown number of hostages.

Trèbes is a charming little town which runs through the Canal du Midi in southern FranceWhat has happened at the Super U supermarket? He entered the market, firing his weapon and killing two people.

French police block access to the town where a suspected ISIS gunman has taken hostages at a supermarketWhat have French ministers said in response to the Trèbes hostage situation?

Police found the auto, and SWAT teams surrounded the market.

Macron said of Beltrame: "In offering himself as a hostage to the terrorist holed up in the Trebes supermarket, lieutenant colonel Beltrame saved the life of a civilian hostage, showing exceptional self-sacrifice and courage".

At what point was the officer wounded?

He was shot twice and stabbed several times by the attacker, a source close to the investigation told AFP. "France will never forget his heroism, his bravery, his sacrifice".

A supermarket employee who fled as shots were fired told BFM that he and about 50 others had been on lockdown in a vehicle park.

"It's totally deserted now. There's not a soul in sight", she said.

"I was five metres away from him", the store's security guard said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Now he is fighting against death and all our thoughts are with him and his family", Mr Macron had said while heroic officer hovered at the brink of death. "He is now fighting for his life, and all our thoughts are with him and his family", Macron said.

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