'Hero' French officer who traded places with hostage in supermarket siege dies

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Storming into a supermarket in the nearby town of Trebes, he shouted "God is Greatest" and shot dead a customer and an employee before taking the other 50-or-so shoppers hostage. French President Emmanuel Macron called Beltrame "a hero" and said he died "serving the nation, to which he had already given so much".

Three helicopters could be seen circling over Trebes, a picturesque medieval town of around 5,000 people, while heavily armed police had closed down roads surrounding the supermarket.

Molins said that Lakdim first hijacked a vehicle in Carcassonne on Friday morning, killing the passenger and wounding the driver.

BFM television said Beltrame recently took part in a training exercise simulating a terrorist attack.

The gunman was identified as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, a petty criminal of Moroccan origin who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Collomb said the man had demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect in the IS attacks that killed 130 people in Paris in 2015.

Madeline Fuhrman, a witness, said that Trèbes had gone quiet after the attack.

He was known to authorities for minor crimes, including drug offenses, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said.

The attacker then drove off towards Trèbes, about five miles away, where he dumped the hijacked vehicle in the auto park of a supermarket before storming into the Super U store, and shooting dead a shop worker and a customer. Another Islamist militant kills a policewoman the next day and takes hostages at a Jewish supermarket in Paris. "Alas, this one struck without us being able to counter it", Collomb said.

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The rap sheet against Redouane Lakdim, identified as a French citizen born in Morocco, eventually drew deeper scrutiny by investigators anxious he was at risk of Islamic radicalisation.

Macron hailed law enforcement's response, and singled out Beltrame for his bravery.

Carole, who was shopping at the supermarket, said people hid in a cold room.

"This attack has been claimed by ISIS, and it is now being analyzed", Macron said.

"He saved lives and honoured his colleagues and his country", President Macron said of the officer.

France has faced a string of terrorist attacks in recent years, including the Paris attacks and other smaller-scale assaults.

Mr Menassi confirmed the gunman is alone in the supermarket with another police officer.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said he had been on an extremist watch-list due to "his radicalisation and his links with the Salafist movement", a hardline offshoot of Sunni Islam. Police then raided the store after hearing gunshots. His suicide bomb vest failed to explode outside the Stade de France and helped coordinate the series of incidents in which 137 people were killed and more than 400 were injured.

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