Armed man 'with a bomb' holds three inside a shop

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

Police in riot gear on Tuesday surrounded the entrance of a building in central Paris where a man was holding at least two people hostage, French authorities said.

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

"Two hostages, including one who had petrol poured on them", have been freed police said. The information could not be officially confirmed.

The standoff began around 4:00 pm, with BFM television reporting that the man had entered the offices of a start-up company on the Rue des Petites Ecuries, a gritty area of the bustling 10th arrondissement.

The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said. However, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown.

The man was described as "determined and violent" and claimed to have a handgun and a bomb according to police, The Guardian reported.

Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons.

Shocking photos show police decked out in body armour with a local reporter warning of "an armed man".

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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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