Paris on Lockdown: Armed Gunman Has Taken Multiple Hostages
Police close off street amid reports of armed man with hostages
French police have closed off an entire street in Paris amid reports that a gunman has taken multiple people hostage.
A whole area in Paris is now on lockdown after an armed man has reportedly taken several people, including a pregnant woman, hostage in one of the buildings, local media reports.
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Photos and videos from the scene showed numerous police vehicles and ambulances at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital.
The French Special Forces have been photographed arriving at the scene.
There were two people taken hostage, according to initial reports.
However, France Bleu radio said that the perpetrator was holding at least three people.
The police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed.
“The man claims to be in possession of a bomb and a handgun,” France Bleu said, adding that the hostage-taker demanded to speak with Iranian embassy.
The French police have said they believe the incident isn’t related to terrorism.