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Terror Incident Erupts In France As Hostages Are Taken

Terror Incident Erupts In France As Hostages Are Taken

A person claiming to be a part of Islamic State has reportedly taken hostages in south west France, with authorities treating it as a terror incident.

According to the BBC, three people have been killed and police have shot and killed the gunman.

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Police are looking into two incidents, one in Trebes and a second being 15 minutes away, but they're unsure whether the events are linked.

In Trebes, a man walked into the Super U Supermarket and let off several shots, before telling people he was attached to Islamic State.

A source has told Reuters: "I can confirm to you that the anti-terrorism division of the Paris prosecutors has taken up the case."

Before that incident unfolded, the Mirror says four off duty CRS 57 (Republic Security Companies) officers were shot at while they were jogging in Carcassonne.

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It's also reported by local media that the gunman, believed to be aged in his 30s, had one or two grenades and wants to 'take revenge for Syria'.

A manager of a store near the Trebes incident has told regional newspaper La Depeche: "My wife was stuck in our store until 12:45 pm. What freaked her is the number of police officers, CRS, helicopters...we are not used to that, everything is blocked.

"I never thought it would happen in Trèbes, petty crime yes, that is everywhere, but this is beyond me."

The newspaper alleges the gunman is from Morocco and is known to intelligence agencies. It also alleges the man is demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving member of the group that organised the 2015 Paris attacks.

More to come.

Topics: World News, News, terror, France

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.