Supermarket hostages 'likely' killed before police assault, says French prosecutor

Members of the BRI police elite unit gather during an assault on the HyperCasher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes in Eastern Paris after a gunman opened fire and took hostages, on the border of Paris and its suburb Sain-Mande, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHO
Members of the BRI police elite unit gather during an assault on the HyperCasher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes in Eastern Paris after a gunman opened fire and took hostages, on the border of Paris and its suburb Sain-Mande, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA 

PARIS (AFP) - The four people killed on Friday at a Jewish supermarket in Paris were "likely" killed by the gunman at the start of the hostage-taking, the prosecutor leading the investigation said.

Pointing to the "state of the bodies" and gunman Amedy Coulibaly's own remarks in a French television interview from the scene, prosecutor Francois Molins said it seemed "no hostage was killed during the assault" by police that ended the siege.