Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Arrest of gunman ends hostage seige in central Paris

Arrest of gunman ends hostage seige in central Paris

At least two people were reportedly taken hostage in Paris on Tuesday, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

The area was evacuated and the street, rue des Petites Ecuries, was cordoned off. Negotiations were in progress.

The man also claims to have an accomplice outside the building.

Officers are trying to determine whether the incident is terror related. The hostages were held in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighbourhood. A Paris police official told CBS News there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism, however members of the force's elite serious crime unit, known as the BRI, were on the scene. Their captor apparently was armed with knives.

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The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said.

Police would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands.

Before officers moved in, Lefebvre said a third hostage had been freed. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said.

Three people, including a pregnant woman, were taken hostage however one managed to escape.

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