ALGIERS, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Algeria on Saturday condemned the hostage-taking attack in France on Friday, calling for a global response and solidarity to combat terrorism under the sponsorship of the United Nations.
The condemnation was made by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in a condolence message to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
"I feel deeply indignant when I heard the terrorist hostage-taking attack in France's southwestern city of Trebes, causing casualties to the civilians and the security forces," said the president.
He noted that a French policeman had "proved heroism by sacrificing his life while he offered himself as hostage swap."
"Algeria vigorously condemns this cowardly crime that unfortunately reminds the entire international community that the fight against terrorism requires global response and solidarity under the auspices of the United Nations," said Bouteflika, reaffirming Algeria's solidarity with France in facing terrorism threats.
"I would like to express on behalf of the Algerian people and government, and myself, our deepest condolences to you, to the families of the victims and to all the French people," concluded Bouteflika.
On Friday, a gunman in southwestern France killed at least three people and injured two others in three separate operations around the city of Trebes, local media reported.
The terrorist group of the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for these attacks, the source added.
The attacker was killed by French police, and was identified as a 26-year-old drug dealer.