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Gunman attacks French supermarket, kills three

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TREBES — A gunman has killed three people in southwestern France on Friday as he held up a car, fired on police and seized hostages in a supermarket, screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ before security forces stormed the building and killed him, authorities said.Sixteen other people were wounded, including two who were seriously hurt, in what President Emmanuel Macron called an act of ‘Islamist terrorism’.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. Macron said security services were checking that claim.

“I want to tell the nation tonight of my absolute determination in leading this fight,” said Macron, who returned to Paris from Brussels to chair a crisis meeting with ministers and security officials.

More than 240 people have been killed in France in attacks since 2015 by assailants who pledged allegiance to Islamic State or were inspired by the group.

Friday’s attacker was identified by authorities as Redouane Lakdim, 25, from the city of Carcassonne.

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Two people were killed when he attacked the supermarket in the nearby small town of Trebes. Witnesses said about 20 people in the supermarket found refuge in its cold storage room.

A lieutenant-colonel of the gendarmes who swapped himself in exchange for one of the hostages was fighting for his life in hospital, Macron said.

Moroccan-born Lakdim was known to authorities for petty crimes, but had been under surveillance by security services in 2016-2017 for links to the radical Salafist movement, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, who is leading the investigation.

“The monitoring … did not reveal any apparent signs that could lead (us) to foresee he would act,” Molins said.

He said one woman connected to Lakdim had been arrested.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters at the scene that he believed Lakdim had acted alone.

“Every day we detect facts and foil new attacks. Alas, this one struck without us being able to counter it,” Collomb said.

Lakdim first killed one person with a bullet in the head while stealing a car in Carcassonne, a walled city with a medieval citadel that is one of France’s top tourist attractions.

He pulled up in the car to four police officers who were jogging in the city and opened fire, hitting one in the shoulder, then sped off to Trebes, about 8 km (5 miles) to the east, where he took the hostages in the supermarket.

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“The perpetrator entered the store shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and indicated that he was an Islamic State soldier who was ready to die for Syria, seeking the release of brothers, before shooting at a client and a store employee who died on the spot,” Molins said.

Police were carrying out searches at Lakdim’s family home.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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