Three dead after gunman holds hostages at supermarket in France

Gunman holding hostages at supermarket in France

A cordon was put in place around the area

Friday, March 23, 2018

A gunman has been shot dead by police after killing three people and holding hostages in a supermarket.

Three others have been wounded in the incident which is believed to be a "terrorist act."

Before taking hostages in the Super U shop in Trebes, the suspect is said to have hijacked a car and killed one person, before trying to run over four police officers.

The suspect allegedly shot one of the officers in the shoulder and it is claimed he pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

At around 11am local time he reportedly entered the supermarket and opened fire, resulting in the deaths of two people. ​A witness has claimed the gunman shouted Allahu Akbar when he entered the supermarket.​

Reports claimed the man, thought to be a Moroccan national known to security services, was calling for Salah Abdeslam to be released. He is currently the only member of an Isil cell that survived after attacking Paris in 2015.

Police officers were able to evacuate many of the hostages from the supermarket and one officer exchanged himself in return for a hostage. 

The gunman was shot dead after a shot was heard in the shop and the officer who had been inside was then able to be released, although he has been badly wounded. 

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is currently at an EU summit in Brussels and has said he will travel back to Paris to help with the response to the attack.