Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested after four-hour standoff

Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested after four-hour standoff

An armed man has taken hostages at a building in a northern district of Paris.

The French interior minister says that a hostage-taker has been arrested and his hostages freed, some four hours after holing up in a building in central Paris.

Police also said the man was believed to have an accomplice outside the building where he was holding the hostage in a northern district of the French capital.

An armed police officer and a sniffer dog search the area. The hostages were held in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighbourhood.

The motive for the attack was not clear but incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

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

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi, said the Iranian Embassy in Paris stood ready to help "considering the importance of people's lives and human aspects of the issue".

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

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

One of the hostages is reportedly a pregnant woman, and another is "severely injured", according to a witness.

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