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Armed man holds hostages in central Paris

Armed man holds hostages in central Paris

An armed man in Paris claiming to have explosives, has reportedly taken at least 3 people hostage.

French interior minister later said the hostage-taker has been arrested and the hostages freed.

"Officials will be trying to start a negotiation with the man", police union official Yves Lefebvre told BFM TV, which reported that the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

The Paris prosecutor's office detained the suspect, a 26-year-old man born in Morocco, a judicial official said.

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More than a dozen heavily-armed police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the building where the hostages were being held, located in a crowded neighbourhood in the centre of the French capital.

"Two hostages. including one who had petrol poured on them", have been freed police said.

Police officers stand on a street near the site of an ongoing hostage taking on June 12, 2018 in central Paris.

According to reports he had demanded to be put in contact with the Iranian ambassador in Paris and that he didn't want any police cars in the vicinity. That hostage was also reportedly doused with gasoline and hit in the face, he said.


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