Carcassonne and Trèbes attack
|Carcassonne and Trèbes attacks|
|Location||Trèbes and Carcassonne, Aude, France|
|Date||23 March 2018|
|Deaths||5 (including the perpetrator)|
|Perpetrator||Redouane Lakdim (self-proclaimed Islamic State member)|
|Motive||Release of Salah Abdeslam|
Background[change | change source]
Redouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old French-Moroccan, shot the two occupants of a car in Carcassonne, killing the passenger and hijacking it. He then opened fire on four police officers, seriously wounding one. Lakdim drove to nearby Trèbes, where he stormed a Super U supermarket, killing two civilians, wounding others, and taking at least one hostage.
A senior gendarme, Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, voluntarily swapped places with a hostage. After a three-hour stand-off, Lakdim fatally shot and stabbed Beltrame. A police tactical unit immediately stormed the building and killed Lakdim. He was named a "soldier of the Islamic State" by the Amaq News Agency, and the President of France called the attacks an act of Islamist terrorism.
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Aftermath[change | change source]
Five people were killed in the attacks, including the perpetrator, and fifteen were wounded.
For his actions, Beltrame was hailed as a hero. Macron said that Beltrame deserved "the respect and admiration of the whole nation."
References[change | change source]
- "DIRECT. Attaques terroristes dans l'Aude : au moins trois morts". Le Parisien (in French). 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- Chrisafis, Angelique; Henley, Jon (23 March 2018). "Gunman shot dead by French police after three killed in terror attacks". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- "Tributes paid for hostage-swap policeman". BBC News. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018..