Carcassonne and Trèbes attack

terrorist attack from French from 2018

On 23 March 2018, there was a series of Islamist terrorist attacks in the towns of Carcassonne and Trèbes in southern France.

Carcassonne and Trèbes attacks
LocationTrèbes and Carcassonne, Aude, France
Date23 March 2018 (2018-03-23)
Attack type
Hostage-taking, shooting
Deaths5 (including the perpetrator)
Injured
15[1]
PerpetratorRedouane Lakdim (self-proclaimed Islamic State member)[2]
MotiveRelease of Salah Abdeslam

Background change

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.

Motive change

Lakdim swore allegiance to the Islamic State and demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving suspect of the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Aftermath change

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."[3]

References change

  1. "DIRECT. Attaques terroristes dans l'Aude : au moins trois morts". Le Parisien (in French). 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. 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.
  3. "Tributes paid for hostage-swap policeman". BBC News. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 24 March 2018..