France: Hostage situation at supermarket in Trèbes



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A gunman has taken at least one person hostage in a supermarket in Trèbes, in the south of France.Elite police have rushed to the Super U shop, and there are reports that at least one person has been killed.Earlier, a policeman was shot while jogging with colleagues in Carcassonne, a 15-minute drive away, but was not critically injured. It is unclear if the incidents are connected.A prosecutor says the gunman claims to be in the Islamic State group. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said the situation was “serious”. Hundreds of police officers have been deployed to the area near the supermarket, and the vicinity has been cordoned off.France has been hit with several deadly jihadist attacks since 2015 and has been on high alert since. A state of emergency put in place after attacks in Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people was lifted in October.Are you in the area? Have you witnessed what has happened? If it is safe to share your experience please email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways: WhatsApp: +44 7555 173285

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