Jihadist Attack Leaves Three Dead And Many Injured In France

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On Friday, in Southwest France during a killing spree, three people were killed and sixteen people were hurt, two seriously, by a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group, President Emmanuel Macron said.

Five people were shot and wounded, including two in a critical condition.

One police officer who took the place of a female hostage is “fighting for his life”, Macron said in a televised address following the shootings in Carcassonne and Trebes, hailing the man as a hero.

The other gravely injured person was the driver of a car hijacked by the gunman. The passenger of the car was killed.

“Our country has suffered an Islamist terrorist attack,” the president added.

The suspect is a 26-year-old drug dealer monitored as a possible Islamic extremist. He carried out three separate shootings, ending his spree at a supermarket in Trebes where he took hostages.

Gerard Collomb the Interior Minister said the gunman, Radouane Lakdim, who is allegedly a Moroccan, had been monitored on the suspicion of having been radicalised but had ultimately been deemed not to pose a threat.

France remains on high alert after a wave of Jihadist attacks claimed more than 240 lives since 2015.

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