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The police officer who was gravely injured by an ‘Islamist terrorist’ gunman has succumbed to his injuries, the Interior Minister said. The officer had agreed to take a hostage’s place in the supermarket siege in southern France.
Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame was among the first responders at the hostage-taking scene at the ‘Super U’ supermarket in the town of Trebes on Friday.
“He volunteered to take the place of the other hostages… He saved lives and honored his colleagues and his country,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address. The 45-year-old officer sustained gunshot wounds before the intervention of the GIGN special forces, who neutralized the attacker.
Le lieutenant-colonel Arnaud Beltrame nous a quittés.
Mort pour la patrie.
Jamais la France n’oubliera son héroïsme, sa bravoure, son sacrifice.
Le coeur lourd, j’adresse le soutien du pays tout entier à sa famille, ses proches et ses compagnons de la @Gendarmerie de l’Aude. pic.twitter.com/I1h8eO7f9a
— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) March 24, 2018
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