Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages'

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

An armed man has taken hostages at a building in a northern district of Paris. One of the hostages is reportedly a pregnant woman, and another is "severely injured", according to a witness.

Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related. The information could not be officially confirmed.

Police have sealed off streets near the scene in the 10th arrondissement and are negotiating with the hostage-taker, Mr Lefebvre said.

The suspect was reportedly holding a letter he wants to be handed over to the Iranian ambassador. However, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown.

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An armed police officer and a sniffer dog search the area.

The man was described as "determined and violent" by police, who surrounded the building where three hostages were being held on Tuesday.

Negotiations with the suspect were taking place, according to an Interior Ministry official who couldn't be identified because the operation was in progress.

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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