Police storm French supermarket and shoot dead ISIS militant who was holding hostages after killing three people in gun rampage
- The Moroccan stormed a Super U supermarket in Trebes, south west France, and took hostages this morning
- After an hours-long standoff special police forces descended on the shop and shot suspected jihadist dead
- Fanatic, armed with a gun, knives and a grenade, had hijacked a car, killing a passenger and injuring the driver
- The gunman, named as Redouane Lakdim, 26, then shot at officers and injured one in the city of Carcassonne
- That police officer is now fighting for his life in hospital and 16 victims were wounded, two of them seriously
- He then drove to supermarket and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar, I’ll kill you all’ before killing a worker and shopper
- Lakdim also demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam the last surviving suspect in 2015 ISIS attack in Paris
An ISIS fanatic has been shot dead by police in France after he killed three people in a gun rampage and supermarket siege.
The lone extremist, armed with a gun, knives and a grenade, hijacked a car, shot its passenger in the head and fired at police officers in Carcassonne, south west France, before driving to a Super U shop in Trebes and taking hostages.
After screaming ‘Allahu Akbar, I’ll kill you all’, the Moroccan Islamist, named as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, killed a butcher and a shopper while terrified customers either fled from the store or hid in a cold room.
During the siege, during which 16 people were wounded and two seriously hurt, Lakdim demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, 28, the last surviving suspect in the 2015 ISIS attack in Paris that left 130 dead.
But after an hours-long standoff, special police units converged on the scene and stormed the supermarket. President Emmanuel Macron this afternoon called Lakdim’s rampage a ‘terrorist act’, the first to hit France since he became leader in May.
French investigators said the man was known to intelligence services and had been flagged in a database of radicalised militants. His home was raided today and a neighbour said she had seen Lakdim ‘taking one of his younger sisters to school’ before he launched his attack.
It has emerged that a French military officer took the place of a supermarket hostage, entering the danger zone as the drama unfolded. The 45-year-old lieutenant-colonel named as Arnaud Beltrame, who is now fighting for his life in hospital, left his mobile phone on a table so police could hear what was happening.
Through that phone, police heard gunshots inside the building and decided that elite forces had to storm the market, killing Lakdim.
‘I wish to salute in turn the heroism of the lieutenant-colonel,’ said public prosecutor for Paris François Molins during speech in Carcassonne this evening.
How the Carcassonne terror attack unfolded
Prior to the attack: Redouane Lakdim, believed to be of Moroccan descent, was flagged to intelligence services and appeared in a database of radicalised militants.
He was also known to authorities for petty crimes including drug dealing.
Lakdim was incarcerated in Carcassonne some time in 2016, according to Le Parisien, though it is unclear what for.
The paper also reports he was very active on Salafist networks online and was suspected of having made a trip to Syria, though it is not known when.
Morning, Friday March 23: Lakdim, who reportedly lived with his mother and three or four sisters in Carcassonne, is seen walking his little sister to school