Police have stormed a French supermarket and shot dead an ISIS Muslim terrorist who was holding hostages as it emerged he had already killed someone before beginning his siege.
The Muslim terrorist, armed with a gun, knives and a grenade, had hijacked a car, killing a passenger and injuring the driver, before shooting at police officers in Carcassonne, south west France, and driving to the supermarket in Trebes.
There the Moroccan Islamist screamed ‘Allahu Akbar, I’ll kill you all’ as he killed a butcher and a shopper while terrified customers either fled from the shop or hid in a cold room.
French investigators believe they have identified the Muslim terrorist, in his 30s, from Morocco, who was known to intelligence services and flagged in a database of radicalized Muslim terrorists.
The terrorist has demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving terrorist in the November 2015 ISIS attack in Paris that left 130 dead. The 28-year-old French national Muslim of Moroccan descent, is currently in solitary confinement in a high-security prison, awaiting trial.
The police had brought the hostage taker’s mother, who lives in Carcassonne, to the superstore to persuade him to stop.
“She’s gone to talk to him – to try and get him to drop his weapons, and give up,” said a source at the scene. “His sister is there too.”
As pictures emerged on social media showing special police units gathering outside, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe this morning called the incident a ‘terrorist act’ and said the ‘hostage situation is on-going’.
According to French media, the same armed terrorist shot and injured a policeman in the city of Carcassonne, about 15 minutes by car from Trebes, after opening fire on four officers from a car while they were jogging.
He is said to have fired six shots at police officers, all members of the city’s CRS 57 unit, before driving off. The injured officer is not in life-threatening condition.
Eric Menassi, the mayor of Trebes, confirmed that ‘a supermarket worker was shot dead’ and a CRS officer ‘wounded in the shoulder’.