Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested


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.

Dozens of police officers converged in an area of central Paris on Tuesday in response to a "hostage taking" situation by an armed man, police sources said. The incident is not believed to be terror-related.


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

The hostages are being held in the internal courtyard of the building, which contains a mix of offices and residential apartments.

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Videos and images circulating on social media show several police vehicles as well as heavily armed officers at the scene.

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

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

The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said.

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A police source said the attacker had doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.