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Arrest of gunman ends hostage seige in central Paris

'Hostage situation' in Paris - man with 'BOMB and handgun' surrounded by armed police Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages' | Daily Star
Melinda Barton | 13 June, 2018, 06:44

An armed man in Paris claiming to have explosives, has reportedly taken at least 3 people hostage. The hostages have now been freed and the suspect arrested, the French interior minister announced.

Paris police have not revealed how many people were taken hostage.

Anti-terrorist police are surrounding the Mixicom computer store in the French capital's 10th arrondissement, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub.

Authorities said that officers from a specialist unit had arrived on site in response to an "unstable person" who was holding two people.

The incident is not believed to be terror related.

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

The man has asked to be put in contact with the Iranian embassy. However, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown.

Officers from Paris' bomb squad are on the scene.

Officials at police headquarters would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands.

Police initially said the hostage scene was unfolding in an office in the building, but soon stopped communicating details to journalists.