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 on Friday, security sources told AFP.There was a report on TV stating that a third victim sadly succumbed to death. The area of Trebes was struck by terrorism before, and if the authorities/government are smart, they'll start doing sweep inspections to locate the hideouts and black markets these jihadists are getting their sanctuary and weapons from.
Police were negotiating with the unnamed hostage-taker who remained holed up in the Super U store in the town of Trebes after storming in at around 11.15 am (1015 GMT).
French investigators suspect the gunman is a Moroccan man who had been flagged as a potential extremist, a security source said.
A witness reported that the assailant was armed with knives, a gun and grenades and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) before going into the supermarket.
A source close to the probe said a Moroccan man had been identified as the hostage-taking suspect.
“Most of the Super U staff and customers managed to get away,” said a security source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak publicly.
“An officer is currently in contact with the hostage-taker.”
The source said two people had been killed according to a provisional toll, while regional police chief Jean-Valery Lettermann told AFP: “We are unfortunately expecting to discover there are more victims.”
Fifteen minutes before the supermarket incident in Trebes, a policeman was shot in the nearby town of Carcassonne while out jogging with several colleagues.
He was in a stable condition, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
There's more on Breitbart about the case.