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Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern France on Friday, killing three people and injuring about a dozen others before being shot to death when French police stormed the market, authorities said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said all evidence suggested that it was a terror attack — the first one since he became president in May.

It’s unclear how many victims there are overall, said Yves Lefebvre, secretary general of SGP Police-FO police union.

The attacker first fired six shots at police officers on their way back from jogging near the city of Carcassonne on Friday morning, said Lefebvre. The police were not in uniform but were wearing athletic clothes with police insignia. One police officer was shot in the shoulder, but the injury was not serious, Lefebvre said.

The suspect then went to a Super U supermarket in the nearby small town of Trèbes, 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Toulouse, taking an unknown number of people hostage. (AP)

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