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France: Mourners lay flowers outside Carcassonne Gendarmerie Nationale to honour killed officer02:32

France: Mourners lay flowers outside Carcassonne Gendarmerie Nationale to honour killed officer

France, Carcassonne
March 24, 2018 at 12:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mourners laid flowers outside Carcassonne's Gendarmerie Nationale on Saturday to honour French police officer Arnaud Beltrame who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage at a Trebes supermarket a day earlier.

On Friday, a gunman killed one person while stealing a vehicle from Carcassonne. The gunman then reportedly drove to the nearby town of Trebes, where he took hostages at a Super U store. Beltrame was among the officers who rushed to the scene when the attacker stormed the supermarket.

The gunman, who has been identified as 26-year old Redouane Lakdim known for minor delinquencies, was shot dead after the police raided the supermarket. According to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the incident "appears to be a terrorist act."

"It's a shame!" said Gilbert, a local who also has a son in the police. "We have to let them do their job," he added.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An investigation has reportedly been launched by the anti-terrorist division of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Paris.

France: Mourners lay flowers outside Carcassonne Gendarmerie Nationale to honour killed officer02:32
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Mourners laid flowers outside Carcassonne's Gendarmerie Nationale on Saturday to honour French police officer Arnaud Beltrame who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage at a Trebes supermarket a day earlier.

On Friday, a gunman killed one person while stealing a vehicle from Carcassonne. The gunman then reportedly drove to the nearby town of Trebes, where he took hostages at a Super U store. Beltrame was among the officers who rushed to the scene when the attacker stormed the supermarket.

The gunman, who has been identified as 26-year old Redouane Lakdim known for minor delinquencies, was shot dead after the police raided the supermarket. According to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the incident "appears to be a terrorist act."

"It's a shame!" said Gilbert, a local who also has a son in the police. "We have to let them do their job," he added.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An investigation has reportedly been launched by the anti-terrorist division of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Paris.