French officer wounded in supermarket attack dies

French officer wounded in supermarket attack dies

The mother of a French police officer who was killed after he swapped himself for a hostage during an Islamic extremist attack on a supermarket says that she wasn't surprised by her son's courage.

He killed two people and injured 15 others when he raided the supermarket in the southwestern French town.

Guibbert said he led his wife and sister-in-law and nearby customers into the meat locker.

A Trebes local, Sosna "had a huge intellectual capacity - he read an enormous amount, especially poems", his half-brother William Durand told the regional Depeche du Midi newspaper.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said he had been on an extremist watch-list due to "his radicalisation and links with the Salafist movement", a hardline offshoot of Sunni Islam.

Lakdim, while in the supermarket with his hostages, demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the suspect that may be responsibly for the attack in Paris that left 130 dead.

U.S. President Donald Trump condemned "the violent actions of the attacker and anyone who would provide him support". France will never forget his heroism'.

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb announced the officer's death Saturday, which raises the death toll to four people. Lakdim was also killed.

Colonel Arnaud Beltrame has died.

According to radio FranceInfo, the attacker's girlfriend, 18, was arrested earlier.

"He saved lives and honored his colleagues and his country", President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address.

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The attacker shot him and Mr Beltrame later died of his injures. One officer was hit in the shoulder, but the injury wasn't serious, Lefebvre said.

Beltrame, who was married with no children, graduated from a top military academy in France in 1999, the BBC reported.

Mayor Eric Menassi of Trebes, a town of 6,000, said people there were forever marked.

As he drove away, Lakdim came across four riot police officers who were out jogging.

A driver of a BMW slams the car into a group of soldiers in a Paris suburb, injuring six of them. "He was very aware of what he was doing".

Col. Beltram was shot as he entered the supermarket to exchange himself, but was able to leave his phone on so authorities could hear what was going on inside.

The officer was shot and stabbed before anti-terror police moved in to kill the attacker and end the siege. There have also been a string of "lone wolf" ISIS-inspired attacks, including the killings of a priest and rabbi. Luckily for the security guard, "he shot badly". It was lifted late last year.

"We heard an explosion - well, several explosions", shopper Christian Guibbert told reporters. "We've paid the price of the danger of the terrorist threat in blood for several years".

Mr Macron said investigators will focus on establishing how Morocco-born Lakdim obtained his weapon and how he became radicalised.

"We thought this only happened in big towns", said a 52-year-old restaurant-owner who gave her name as Khadija.

Lakdim started his rampage in Carcassonne at about 10:30am, hijacking a car and shooting the two people inside.

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