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

Blanche Robertson
June 12, 2018

Special units and fire services were at the scene.

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 police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed.

Le Parisien reported three people were taken hostage including a pregnant woman at a building in central Paris' Petites Ecuries street.

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However, police have said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related, according to CNN. He's holding two hostages. Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area.

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

The hostage was allegedly hurt after being hit with a wrench as the hostage-taker, who has not been identified, entered the tech store on the afternoon of June 12. An Interior Ministry official said negotiations with the suspect were taking place.

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