At least two people were wounded Friday after a gunman claiming to be from the Islamic State group took hostages in southern France, local media said. The hostages were freed, however, one officer was still inside the supermarket where the assialitned had barricaded himself.
Reports in France say a shooting and hostage situation is currently underway in a supermarket in Trebes, south of Toulouse. According to the town’s mayor, there are two victims. It is unclear if one of them is a police officer reportedly shot earlier at the scene.
The gunman said he was affiliated with the Islamic State group, according to AFP and BFM TV.
The suspect has been surrounded, national police said, with reports saying up to eight could be held inside as hostages.
France’s Interior Ministry said on Twitter that security officials were carrying out an operation in Trebes. Authorities in the Aude region are warning people to avoid the area around the supermarket.
The UNSA police union also said on Twitter a police operation was underway after an individual had earlier shot at four officers in the Carcassone region injuring one of them.
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