“French investigators believe they have identified the hostage-taker. The man is known to the intelligence services and flagged in a database of radicalized Islamist militants, Franceinfo reported.” How many “radicalized Islamist militants” are walking around freely in France? (Jihad Watch)
LIVE: Hostage-taker in southern France killed by security forces
Text by FRANCE 24
A hostage-taker in southern France has been killed in a police raid, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb confirmed Friday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on a jihadist website for the attack, which left at least two people dead.
What we know so far:
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the hostage-taking in Trèbes on a jihadist website, FRANCE 24’s expert on Islamist groups, Wassim Nasr, confirms.
The suspect, 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, was killed in a police raid, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said. He was known to the authorities as a petty criminal.
At least two people were killed and dozens wounded in the supermarket attack, according to French police.
Lakdim had demanded the release of November 13, 2015, Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam.
A third victim was shot and killed earlier in the day when Lakdim stole a car in the nearby city of Carcassonne, injuring the driver and killing a passenger.
Speaking from Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron said the hostage-taking in Trèbes appeared to be a terrorist attack and that he would be returning to Paris within hours to coordinate the government’s response.
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