France: Police officer who swapped himself for hostage dies in hospital

French police officer Arnaud Beltrame has died in hospital, Saturday, after swapping himself for a hostage at a Trebes supermarket a day earlier. Footage shows a number of armed police officers near the supermarket the following day, as the security operation is underway. On Friday, a gunman killed one person while stealing a vehicle from Carcassonne. The gunman then reportedly drove to the... Еще 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 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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