Paris incident: Armed man takes hostages

French police

Paris incident: Armed man takes hostages

A man claiming to be armed with a bomb and revolver has taken three people hostage in Paris, police have said.

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

The Paris prosecutor's office detained the suspect, a 26-year-old man born in Morocco, a judicial official said. At this time, police do not now believe the situation is terror-related.

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Pictures from the scene show armed officers surrounding the Rue des Petites Ecuries. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said. A pregnant woman, who was treated for shock, also managed to get away.

Hostages were held in an interior garden of the building, which is used for residential and business purposes.

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

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At least one other man was lightly injured while fighting with the hostage-taker and escaping before police arrived on the scene.

The suspect was reportedly holding a letter he wants to be handed over to the Iranian ambassador.

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