UPDATE: The attacker has been killed.
A police operation is underway in the southern French city of Trèbes due to a shooting followed by a hostage-taking incident in the city’s supermarket.
The hostage-taker has claimed allegiance to ISIS, AFP quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying.
According to the preliminary details of the investigation, a man “entered the supermarket Super U around 11:15 a.m. and shots were heard,” AFP quoted a source close to the case.
According to conflicting reports, up to three people may have been killed in the incident.
“The circumstances of the incident allow us to consider it a terrorist attack. The hostage situation is ongoing. The operation is not over,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said, according to the BFMTV broadcaster.
La Dépêche du midi released a report claiming that the attacker had been already killed. However, this report remains unconfirmed.
The operation is ongoing.