Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Armed man takes three hostage in Paris

An armed man has taken hostages at a building in a northern district of Paris.

The incident is not believed to be a terrorist attack although the hostage-taker has reportedly demanded to speak to the Iranian embassy.

According to media reports, three people were taken hostage, including a pregnant woman. The information could not be officially confirmed.

A street in the French captial has been closed off as police cordon the area. However, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown.

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

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

At least one other man was lightly injured while fighting with the hostage-taker and escaping before police arrived on the scene.

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

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