Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Paris police in ‘hostage taking’ standoff with armed man

Paris police in ‘hostage taking’ standoff with armed man

An armed man claiming to have a bomb has taken three people including a pregnant woman hostage in Paris.

A gunman who took two people hostage in central Paris on Tuesday has been arrested and his victims freed "safe and sound", police in the French capital said.

Shocking photos show police decked out in body armour with a local reporter warning of "an armed man". "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

He's holding two hostages.

The freed hostage was reportedly doused with gasoline and hit in the face as he was freed, according to Lefebvre, head of the FO police union.

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Police said the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related.

Entering the building located on Rue des Petites Écuries around 4 p.m., the man pretended to be delivering food.

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

Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons.

Police officers of the BRI intervention squad prepare a shield on June 12, 2018 near the site of an ongoing hostage taking in central Paris.

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