Police operation in Paris as man holds 2 hostages

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

Videos and images from the scene posted on social media show police officers outside a building in central Paris's Petites Ecuries street, near the rail hub Gare du Nord.

Crowds of bystanders were held back by a security perimeter at the site, where police and rescue workers were massed, deploying at least one remote-controlled robot on tracks toward the building where the armed man had barricaded himself.

Officers are trying to determine whether the incident is terror related.

Emergency services arrive at the scene of a hostage situation in central France on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

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

There was no indication of a terrorist motive, police said.

There initially were three hostages, but one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.in the office of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre said.

The man reportedly asked for the Iranian embassy to be contacted but the police did not confirm the report. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

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