Man holds two people hostage in Paris

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2018

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

The man is "armed and holding at least two people", a source told AFP, adding that "the situation is quite confused" but did not appear to be terrorism-related.

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

The incident is not believed to be a terrorist attack although the hostage-taker has reportedly demanded to speak to the Iranian embassy.

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Pictures and video posted on Twitter show heavily armed police officers swarming over the area.

Hostages were held in an interior garden of the building, which is used for residential and business purposes.

A gunman who took two people hostage in central Paris on Tuesday has been arrested and his victims freed "safe and sound", police in the French capital said.

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.

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