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Officer Shot, Hostages Taken at French Carcassonne Supermarket, Attacker Shouted 'Allah Akbar'

Officer Shot, Hostages Taken at French Carcassonne Supermarket, Attacker Shouted 'Allah Akbar'

The hostage-taking gunman responsible for at least two deaths in Carcassonne, France Friday has demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the sole remaining killer of the 2015 Paris attacks from Prison.

Friday’s attacker, who is reported by the Agence France-Presse to be a male of Moroccan origin and who attacked police and a supermarket with weapons including a handgun made the demand for France to release its most closely guarded prisoner, the terrorist Salah Abdeslam Friday afternoon.

Described as ‘public enemy number one’ by French newspaper Le Figaro, Abdeslam was a delinquent-turned terrorist cell member who was part of the November 2015 carnage that killed 130 in locations across the city including the Bataclan theatre.

Reports Friday morning from local officials and media said a group of police officers in civilian clothes on their morning run had been attacked by a man in a car, who may have attempted to run the group down and fired a number of shots from the vehicle before driving away.

The French Interior Ministry confirmed the ongoing incident in Trebes, Carcassonne, in a Tweet which urged the importance of the ongoing police operation and which pleaded with members of the public to not “spread rumours” about the nature of the attack.

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