Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

13 June, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Wade Massey
  • French police and a fireman secure the street after a man took people hostage at a shop

The French interior minister says that a hostage-taker has been arrested and his hostages freed, some four hours after holing up in a building in central Paris.

Police swarmed a building in Paris on Tuesday, saying a man had taken two people hostage.

"The man claims to be in possession of a bomb and a handgun", France Bleu said, adding that the hostage-taker demanded to speak with Iranian embassy.

He said: "An armed man is entrenched rue des Petits Stables, Paris 10th".

One hostage has a head injury, Yves Lefebvre, a police union spokesman, said.

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The motive for the attack was not clear but incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

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

A major police operation is underway in the city's 10 arrondissement near Gare Du Nord train station after a man entered the building just after 4pm local time (12am AEST), BFMTV reports.

An armed man is believed to have seized at least one hostage in Rue des Petites Ecuries, with armed police and firefighters at the scene.

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