Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages'

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2018

At least two people have reportedly been taken hostage in Paris, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

Anti-terrorist police are surrounding the Mixicom computer store in the French capital's 10th arrondissement, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub. The police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed. Special units and fire services were at the scene.

Witnesses said the man claimed to be in possession of a gun and bomb. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said.

Videos and images circulating on social media show several police vehicles as well as heavily armed officers at the scene.

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

Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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