France shooting: Partner of attacker detained

ANIUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 11:18 PM IST
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Policemen are at work as a van is taken away outside the Super U supermarket of Trebes, southern France on March 23, 2018, after special forces killed a gunman who had taken several people hostages for more than three hours. Security forces killed a gunman who first hijacked a car in nearby by Carcassonne, killing a passenger and injuring the driver, before shooting a policeman who was out jogging with his colleagues nearby. He then drove to a Super U supermarket in the town of Trebes and holed up there for more than three hours with hostages, killing at least two other people, according to sources. / AFP PHOTO / RAYMOND ROIG |

Paris [France]: A woman who was living with the attacker who killed four people at a supermarket in southern France’s Trebes has been detained, a prosecutor said on Friday.

Francois Molins, the prosecutor said gunman Radouane Lakdim had claimed to be a soldier for the terror group Islamic State (IS) while storming the Super U market in the town before he was killed by police. The shooting attack unfolded when Lakdim hijacked a car, killed its driver and attempted to mow down four police officers while opening fire at them. One policeman got injured in the incident while he was jogging at a park, according to The Guardian.

He later drove the car to the supermarket and immediately opened fire upon people, killing two before taking several others as hostages. It took three hours to bring the situation under control when the police shot dead the gunman in a cross firing. Two more were later confirmed dead by the police. The IS claimed responsibility for the shooting attack. The France interior ministry identified the deceased gunman as a resident of Carcassonne in southern France.

French President Emmanuel Macron later confirmed that 16 people were injured in the incident. While speaking at a European Union (EU) summit in Brussels, President Macron said the incidents were ‘terrorists’ in nature and added that he would soon return to Paris to take an action upon it.

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