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French Interior Minister acts surprised after ISIS attack in Trebes

A series of attacks hit the French region of Aude on Friday. A 26-year-old Moroccan national, Redouane Lakdim, went on an ISIS killing spree. The French Interior Minister claimed no one could have predicted the act.

Published: March 25, 2018, 9:52 am

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    Four people were killed in the town of Trebes by a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.

    Lakdim had been living in Carcassonne and reportedly obtained a French citizenship in 2015. He hijacked a car, wounding the driver and killing the passenger, to drive to Trebes where he took people hostage at a supermarket.

    Some of the hostages managed to leave the supermarket before a police assault, when a French gendarme swapped places with several people being held by the terrorist.

    But for his heroic deed, Arnaud Beltrame died of his injuries during Trebes supermarket siege.

    Beltrame, who had arrived at the site of the incident, swapped places with a female hostage. Lakdim then opened fire on the officer, who suffered heavy wounds.

    The police stormed the building of the supermarket and shot down the attacker.

    Marine Le Pen, Front national leader, said: “Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame acted as a hero against the enemy. I think of his family, his dear ones. May his sacrifice mark a radical turning point in the struggle against the Islamic State.”

    She mocked the ridiculous statements by the Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, who said the terrorist had “acted alone”. According to leftwing daily Liberation, Collomb said the terrorist was 26 years old and “was known for petty crime. We followed him and we thought that there was no radicalization, he acted on the spur of the moment.” He added: “He was known for possession of and dealing with narcotics. It could not be predicted that he was going to be a radical actor.”

    Fearing a backlash from conservative voters, the government of Emannuel Macron quickly announced that Beltrame would receive a hero’s burial.

    “President of the Republic [Emmanuel Macron] decided that national honors will be paid to Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame who gave his life to defend our citizens,” a Saturday government statement read.

    The decision was made following a French Security Council meeting earlier on the same day.

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