Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

An armed man is believed to have seized at least one hostage in Rue des Petites Ecuries, with armed police and firefighters at the scene. A pregnant woman also managed to escape and was being treated for shock by ambulance services on the scene.

Police have not confirmed that the hostage-taker is armed.

The hostages are being held in the internal courtyard of the building, which contains a mix of offices and residential apartments.

The Evening Standard reports the attack doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.

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A street in the French captial has been closed off as police cordon the area.

One hostage has a head injury, Yves Lefebvre, a police union spokesman, said.

The hostage was allegedly hurt after being hit with a wrench as the hostage-taker, who has not been identified, entered the tech store on the afternoon of June 12. But the police source said he had asked to communicate with the Iranian embassy so that they could convey a message to the French government. An Interior Ministry official said negotiations with the suspect were taking place.

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