France: Flag-bearers of Carcassonne honour fallen officer in Trebes attack

Representatives of the association of flag-bearers of Carcassonne laid flowers at the memorial of Arnaud Beltrame on Saturday, after he was killed during an incident treated as terrorist attack in Carcassonne one day earlier. «A big man for us, a man of honour, a man of courage and the proof is here,» said Regis Burger, a flag-bearer of the association. For a local resident who went to honour... Еще Beltrame, «this is the minimum we could do», it was «a small gesture from us to he who gave his life.» On Friday, a gunman killed one person while stealing a vehicle from Carcassonne. The gunman then reportedly drove to the nearby town of Trebes, where he took hostages at a Super U store. Beltrame was among the officers who rushed to the scene when the attacker stormed the supermarket. The gunman, who has been identified as 26-year old Redouane Lakdim from Morocco, known for minor delinquencies, was shot dead after the police raided the supermarket. According to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the incident «appears to be a terrorist act.» The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack. An investigation has reportedly been launched by the anti-terrorist division of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Paris.

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