France was on Tuesday to pay its final respects to two commandos killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in the Sahel region of Africa last week that has sparked a row over the risks taken by the freed tourists.
A statement says police and military who responded to reports of a shooting at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom found four people "shot and burned to death in a car” and a security guard shot in another car.
The gunman, who launched the attack over his dismissal, walked out of the V-Mall and was able to complain to reporters about his former employers before police tackled him.
One of the four hostages held at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was released during the standoff; three others were rescued when authorities entered the building about 9pm, authorities said.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the police had been released early on Monday after "negotiations" with the TLP, which the government banned last week after effectively labelling it a terrorist organisation.
A group of archaeology researchers, including the professor working for an Australian university, two Papua New Guinean university graduates and a programme coordinator were taken hostage by last Sunday by men demanding a cash ransom.