‘Islamic State’ Gunman Takes Hostages in French Supermarket

Armed French police officer (file photo)

French police surrounded a supermarket in the south of the country on Friday after a gunman reportedly linked to the Islamic State terror group took hostages.

Media report at least one person has been killed in the supermarket in Trebes, southern France. Other reports put the death toll at two. It is not known how many people were inside the building.

The French Interior Ministry on Twitter confirmed its security forces were carrying out an operation but did not add any more information.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters: “The hostage situation is ongoing. The operation is not over.

“All the information we have as I speak lead us to think that this would be a terrorist act.”

Prior to the supermarket incident, a policeman was shot and injured while out running in Carcassone, close to Trebes. However, a clear link between the two incidents has not yet been made.

French security forces have flooded the area and a standoff is continuing.

The country has been hit by a wave of terrorist attacks since gunmen killed 137 people in Paris in November 2015. A state of emergency was brought in as a series of other high-profile, mass-casualty attacks took place across the country.