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French church calls for prayer following supermarket shooting

Fri 23 Mar 2018
By Cara Bentley

A French Christian has asked for Christians to pray for those affected by the supermarket hostage-taking and for them to support people through the gospel. 

Police in France said three people have been killed and around a dozen injured during a terrorist attack in the south of France.

A gunman - who'd pledged allegiance to Islamic State - hijacked a car and took hostages at a supermarket, before being shot dead in a police raid. 

Elizabeth, who is the wife of a pastor of a church ten minutes' drive away from Trèbes, told Premier the news was shocking.

"We're safe anywhere if it's not yet our time. But these things can happen anywhere and we just need to trust that God can look after us if it's not yet our time. It's a reminder that life is precious and people need the Gospel."

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said all information suggested it "seems to be a terrorist act".

France has been on high alert since a string of Islamic extremist attacks in 2015 and 2016 that killed more than 200 people.

The attacker first fired six shots at police officers who were on their way back from jogging near the city of Carcassonne on Friday morning, said Yves Lefebvre, secretary general of the SGP Police-FO police union.

One police officer had a shoulder injury but it was not serious, Mr Lefebvre said.

The suspect then went to a Super U supermarket in the nearby small town of Trèbes, about 60 miles south east of Toulouse.

Special police units were sent to the scene and local authorities have blocked roads and urged residents to stay away.

Elizabeth encouraged Christians to pray for the situation: "Jesus did warn us there will be trouble and war and all sorts of disturbing news right 'til the end of time.

"We need to remember that Jesus said "in this world you will have trouble but take heart for I have overcome the world".

"That's what we pray we can do in the months to come as we seek to talk to people about this. There's no doubt these
incidents will have a big impact on the local community.

"We just pray for opportunity to share the love of Jesus and his message of hope to people."

Click here to listen to the full interview with Premier's Tola Mbakwe:

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