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A police officer who swapped places with a female hostage on Friday during an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in southern France has died of his wounds, according to French authorities.

Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot in the neck Friday after offering to take the place of a woman being held hostage in the Super U supermarket in Trèbes.

The attacker, Radouane Lakdim, 26, a Moroccan-born French national, was a petty criminal already on the radar of French police for his links to radical Salafist networks, authorities said. When he burst into the supermarket Friday, he shouted he was a soldier from ISIS, witnesses said, before opening fire and killing a worker and a customer. He was shot dead by police on the scene.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement, “Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame died in the service of the nation to which he had already contributed so much. By giving his life to end the murderous escapade of a jihadist terrorist, he died a hero.”

Source: French terror attack: Officer who swapped places with a hostage dies – CNN

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