Egypt's Azhar strongly condemns deadly hostage-taking attack in France
Ahram Online, , Friday 23 Mar 2018

Egypt's Al-Azhar strongly condemned a deadly hostage-taking incidentin southern France on Friday, a statement by the world's largest Sunni institution reads.

On Friday morning, an armed man took a number of people hostage in a supermarket in thesmall town of Trebes near Toulouse, killing three people and injuring about a dozen others before shot being dead by police, Reutersreported.

"Targetingandkilling innocents, taking them as hostages, and terrorisingpeople arecowardlyactsand despicable crimesthat are rejected by all religions and human principles," Al-Azhar said in its statement.

Al-Azhar extended its condolences to the people and the government of France, and to the families of the injured, wishing them speedyrecovery.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said the incident appeared to be aterror attack.