Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

"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.

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

At least one man was lightly injured while fighting with the hostage-taker and escaping before the BRI officers arrived on the scene, a police source said. A pregnant woman, who was treated for shock, also managed to get away.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter just before 8 p.m.in Paris, saying the hostages had been freed and the suspect was detained by police.

Officials at police headquarters would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands.

Anti-terrorist police are surrounding the Mixicom computer store in the French capital's 10th arrondissement, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub. He requested that the ambassador then pass the note to French authorities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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