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Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 10:00
Gunman shot dead by French police after three killed in terror attacks
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A gunman killed three people in a series of attacks claimed by Islamic State near the picturesque town of Carcassonne in south France yesterday (Mar 23), culminating in a three-hour hostage-taking at a supermarket before police shot him dead.

The attacker, named as Redouane Lakdim, 25, was born in Morocco and lived in Carcassonne.

He was known to police for petty crimes and drug-dealing.

The state prosecutor François Molins said he had been under surveillance in 2016 and 2017 for his “radicalism and proximity to Salafist movements” but had showed no signs he was going to carry out an attack.

Lakdim is said to have been demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the most important surviving suspect in the 13 November 2015 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.

One person - believed to be Lakdim's partner - has been arrested in connection with the shootings.

The shooting spree and supermarket hostage-taking which also left 16 people injured – including two very seriously – was the first major suspected terrorist incident since president Emmanuel Macron lifted France’s two-year state of emergency last autumn and toughened anti-terror laws.

“Our country has suffered an Islamist terrorist attack,” Macron said in a televised address.

Isis claimed responsibility for the attacks, without providing evidence.

Macron said French authorities were investigating the claim.






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