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UPDATE, 9:52 a.m. EST: The Associated Press reported that the suspect who killed three people and took hostages at a French supermarket has been “shot to death” by police, according to police union official.
BREAKING: Suspect in hostage-taking situation has been shot to death by French police, a police union official says.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 23, 2018
1) #ISIS supporters praising #Trebes situation, but not (as of yet) w massive ISIS-directed campaign seen w Paris, Brussels, other claimed attacks. However, channels celebrating attacker’s reported ISIS allegiance, touting that operatives “still have the ability” to attack West pic.twitter.com/u9bTRGOxVZ
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) March 23, 2018
The shooter, who swore allegiance to ISIS, took hostages at a supermarket in southern France after shooting a police officer, police reported Friday morning local time.
Fox News initially reported that the shooter was barricaded inside the supermarket and had killed at least one person in the supermarket. Other initial reports said at least two people are dead and 12 are wounded, which is what authorities have since confirmed.
An official said all other hostages have been released, Fox reported.
#BREAKING At least two dead in French supermarket hostage-taking: security source
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 23, 2018
The situation unfolded around 7:30 a.m. local time.
2. Now authorities are saying 2dead and 12 wounded, according to France-Soir. Pro-ISIS channels are celebrating on the app Telegram. pic.twitter.com/MKU7PjmtYJ
— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) March 23, 2018
Early reports said the hostage-taker claimed allegiance to ISIS, shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he took hostages inside the supermarket in Trebes, located in southern France.
PRISE D ‘OTAGE AU SUPERMARCHÉ U DE #trebes PRES DE #Carcassonne #Aude
LE TERRORISTE SE REVENDIQUE DE L’ ETAT ISLAMIQUE#terrorisme pic.twitter.com/wSoJK0GK2C
— LE PATRIOTE 92 ✝ (@LPatriote92) March 23, 2018
Police were on the scene.
The French Prime Minister called this a “terrorist act.”