Trèbes – UPDATE – An armed man who claims to be from Islamic State to be in a supermarket in the South of france the Lower eight people short in hostage held. In addition, according to the French media two deaths: according to the mayor is the butcher of the supermarket one of them. The hostage would have with a police negotiator in the store. Our correspondent is in France. Her tweets you can read below this article.
Since 11.00 am holed the man in a branch of Super U. The area is completely cordoned off, around the 300 agents are called. The hostage would be one or more grenades. The police have the building surrounded.
About the number of victims is some confusion because the mayor of Trèbes previously reported that there are two victims in the hostage, while the police one confirmed. The French channel BFM TV reports that witnesses speak of ’dozens injured’. This has not been confirmed.
Earlier this morning, four agents in citizen while jogging attacked. One man tried them first to drive and beschoot them with a gun. The police officers were not armed and dived directly on the ground. One of them hit in the shooting wounded in the shoulder. That confirms the police.
At this time, not sure if there is a connection between the attack and the hostage-taking. French media generate that suggestion and write that the two men after the attack on the agents on the flight and hit one of them then the supermarket ran, then the hostage taking took place.
The French prime minister Edouard Philippe speaks of a “very serious situation”. The public prosecutor’s office competent for antiterrorismezaken the firm has taken over and speaks of ’terror’. The minister of the Interior to tweet that he is on the way.
Trèbes is situated near Carcassonne, a tourist place where many Dutch people live or spend the winter.
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Correspondent Eveline Bijlsma follows the case from France on the foot: