Trebes (France), Mar 23: At least three people died after a man took hostages and shot at people at a supermarket in south France on Friday. The gunman has claimed allegiance to Islamic State group. The gunman was shot dead nearly four hours after he took hostages in a supermarket. Also Read - There Will be no Delay in Supply of Rafale Jets to India, Says France

If the link to Islamic State is confirmed, the attack would be the first major incident since the election of centrist President Emmanuel Macron in May last year. Also Read - Manu Bhaker 'Very Hopeful' of Tokyo Olympics Taking Place Next Year, Says Confident of Maintaining my Game And Hitting Peak Form There

A policeman is said to have been injured in the shooting at the supermarket in the town of Trebes. Security forces were responding to two separate incidents, one at a supermarket in the town of Trebes and the second, a 15-minute drive away, in the town of Carcassonne where a policeman was shot. It is not clear if the two incidents are related. Also Read - Lowering Pollution? France Boosts Cycling as Country Plans to Withdraw Lockdown

A gunman, according to the reports, took hostages soon after entering the supermarket at around 11 AM. Eyewitnesses said that the man “entered the Super U supermarket at around 11.15 am and shots were heard.”

The area is currently out of bounds for the public.