March 23, 2018 / 3:03 PM / 10 months ago

Islamic State claims France shooting, provides no evidence - statement

A car is evacuated as French police officers secure the area during a security operation in Carcassonne, near the supermarket of Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State on Friday claimed a shooting in the southwestern French town of Trebes, but gave no evidence.

The attack killed three people as a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket, screaming “Allahu Akbar”, the town’s mayor said..

Islamic State said in a statement released online that a “soldier of the caliphate” had carried out the attack. The jihadist group gave no other details.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy, writing by John Davison; editing by John Stonestreet

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