TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A gunman claiming allegiance to Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group has taken hostages in a supermarket in southwest France.

A policeman was shot and a man took hostages at a supermarket in two separate incidents in the same area of southwest France on Friday, security sources told AFP.

The policeman was shot in the town of Carcassonne, while a gunman fired shots during a hostage-taking Friday morning at a supermarket in the town of Trebes 15 minutes' drive away.

There were unconfirmed reports that one person had died.

According to reports, a company of unarmed CRS police from Marseille who were jogging at the time were targeted by a gunman, who had initially tried to run them over in a vehicle.

According to AFP, French prosecutors said the hostage taker claimed to be linked to Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.