Armed man takes hostages in Paris

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

Police say a man is holding two people hostage in an office in central Paris. A pregnant woman also managed to escape and was being treated for shock by ambulance services on the scene.

There were two people taken hostage, according to initial reports.

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

Entering the building located on Rue des Petites Écuries around 4 p.m., the man pretended to be delivering food.

Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter just before 8 p.m.in Paris, saying the hostages had been freed and the suspect was detained by police.

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

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

According to reports he had demanded to be put in contact with the Iranian ambassador in Paris and that he didn't want any police cars in the vicinity.