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France honours 'hero' officer who took place of hostage

Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame died of his injuries a day after being shot and stabbed during a supermarket siege where he traded places with one of the captives.

    Tributes are pouring in for a French police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in a supermarket siege in southern France on Friday.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, who willingly took the place of a hostage during a standoff with a gunman, died of injuries suffered in the incident early Saturday.

    The gunman, identified by prosecutors as Redouane Lakdim, who went on a shooting spree and took several people hostage, was killed and a second suspect has been arrested.

    Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from Carcassonne, France.

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