Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages'

Police at the scene Police at the scene Twitter
Kenny Thornton | 13 June, 2018, 06:46

However, France Bleu radio said that the perpetrator was holding at least three people.

An armed police officer and a sniffer dog search the area.

The man was described as "determined and violent" and claimed to have a handgun and a bomb according to police, The Guardian reported. It was not immediately clear if he had French nationality.

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.

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Gerard Collomb tweeted the news ending Tuesday's drama in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighborhood of the French capital. Their captor apparently was armed with knives.

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. However, a motive for the demand was not established.

The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said.

During the negotiations, the hostage-taker reportedly evoked a unusual mix of events, from the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center to the kidnapping and death a year ago of a young girl in an Alpine town. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said.

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