Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

12 June, 2018, 21:31 | Author: Myra Gill

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

Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons. The man who took the hostages is claiming to be armed with a "bomb and handgun".


"Officials will be trying to start a negotiation with the man", police union official Yves Lefebvre told BFM TV, which reported that the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

The Evening Standard reports the attack doused the remaining two hostages in petrol. They declined to confirm French media reports that the hostage-taker wanted to hand a letter to the Iranian ambassador, or reports that he was holding three people and that one had been injured.

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. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

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