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

12 June 2018

He has since told authorities that he "wants to get a message to the Iranian embassy and the French government", a source at the scene said, reports DM.

At least two people, including a pregnant woman, have been taken hostage in Paris, French media reports.

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 said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related, but declined to elaborate on the hostage-taker's motive.

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There initially were three hostages, but one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.in the office of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre said. The suspect reportedly doused two of the hostages with gasoline after the one managed to escape.

Pictures from the scene show armed officers surrounding the Rue des Petites Ecuries.

Police have not confirmed that the hostage-taker is armed. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

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