Paris police in ‘hostage taking’ standoff with armed man

Pauline Gross
June 13, 2018

The man is "armed and holding at least two people", a source told AFP, adding that "the situation is quite confused" but did not appear to be terrorism-related.

Photos and videos from the scene showed numerous police vehicles and ambulances at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital.

"The individual has been arrested and the hostages are out of danger", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter.

The police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed. "The negotiator had difficulty understanding".

Police officers waited on a nearby street in central Paris before moving in, arresting the armed suspect and freeing the people held in a ground-floor office. There is no indication of terrorist motives.

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Authorities provided no details of the raid by specially trained intervention police officers four hours after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.

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

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

The Evening Standard reports the attack doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.

Other reports by GizPress

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