An ISIS fanatic has been shot dead by police in France after he killed three people in a gun rampage and supermarket hostage siege.
The extremist, armed with a gun, knives and a grenade, hijacked a car, shot its passenger in the head and fired at police officers in Carcassonne, south west France, before driving to a Super U shop in Trebes.
After screaming ‘Allahu Akbar, I’ll kill you all’, the Moroccan Islamist killed a butcher and a shopper while terrified customers either fled from the store or hid in a cold room.
French investigators said the man, named as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, was known to intelligence services and had been flagged in a database of radicalised militants. His home was raided today and a neighbour said she had seen Lakdim ‘taking one of his younger sisters to school’ before he launched his attack.
During his siege, the hostage-taker demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, 28, the last surviving suspect in the 2015 ISIS attack in Paris that left 130 dead.
But after an hours-long standoff, special police units converged on the scene and stormed the supermarket. French President Emmanuel Macron this afternoon called the rampage a ‘terrorist act’.
It has emerged that a French military officer had taken the place of one of the supermarket hostages, entering the danger zone as the drama unfolded. The 45-year-old lieutenant-colonel swapped himself in exchange of one of the hostages, enabling him to negotiate with the terrorist and left his mobile phone on a table so police could hear what was happening.