Police operation over hostage situation in Paris

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

At least two people are reportedly being held hostage in a building in central Paris, prompting a large police response to the area.

The area was evacuated and the street, rue des Petites Ecuries, was cordoned off.

He said to be armed with a bomb and a fake handgun and had originally taken three people hostage but one managed to escape.

There were no immediate details on the age, appearance or nationality of the hostage taker.

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One man is said to have been injured after being hit by wrench as the man - who has not been identified - entered the shop during the late afternoon on Tuesday.

"Officials will be trying to start a negotiation with the man", police union official Yves Lefebvre told BFMTV.

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.

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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