Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Man holds two people hostage in Paris

Man holds two people hostage in Paris

The French interior minister says that a hostage-taker has been arrested and his hostages freed, some four hours after holing up in a building in central Paris.

At least two people have reportedly been taken hostage in Paris, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. A Paris police official told CBS News there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism, however members of the force's elite serious crime unit, known as the BRI, were on the scene.

Police also said the man was believed to have an accomplice outside the building where he was holding the hostage in a northern district of the French capital.

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Three people, including a pregnant woman, were taken hostage however one managed to escape.

Witnesses said the man claimed to be in possession of a gun and bomb.

Rue des Petites Ecuries.

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Police have sealed off streets near the scene in the 10th arrondissement and are negotiating with the hostage-taker, Mr Lefebvre said.

The man has asked to be put in contact with the Iranian embassy.

Shocking photos show police decked out in body armour with a local reporter warning of "an armed man".

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