France: 22 year-old gunman kills 5 family members including father, siblings

France: 22 year-old gunman kills 5 family members including father, siblings

 

A twenty two year-old man in France has killed five members of his family, including his father and three younger siblings, after holding them hostage.

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The man was reported to have barricaded himself in a home with his father, stepmother, and three children in the small eastern town of Douvres.

According to local reports, negotiators descended on the scene overnight and established a perimeter around the town before attempting in vain to maintain contact with the suspect throughout the night.

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The man, armed with a firearm and a large katana, began executing his family members early Wednesday. The killer’s other victims included his mother-in-law, originally from Gironde, his 17 -year-old sister, his 15-year-old half-brother and his 5-year-old half-sister.

Armed officers stormed the house and killed him, but it was too late to save the remaining five hostages, including three children.

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Town mayor Christian Limousin said the family had moved into the house where the murders took place in July of 2020 and ‘began to invest in the village’.

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