Man holds two people hostage in Paris

Man holds two people hostage in Paris

Man holds two people hostage in Paris

Police in riot gear surrounded the entrance of a building in central Paris where a man was holding at least two people hostage in a ground-floor office Tuesday, French authorities said.

One hostage has a head injury, Yves Lefebvre, a police union spokesman, said. The man who took the hostages is claiming to be armed with a "bomb and handgun". A Paris police official told CBS News there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism, however members of the force's elite serious crime unit, known as the BRI, were on the scene.

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Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons.

He said: "An armed man is entrenched rue des Petits Stables, Paris 10th".

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The hostage was allegedly hurt after being hit with a wrench as the hostage-taker, who has not been identified, entered the tech store on the afternoon of June 12.

The man reportedly asked for the Iranian embassy to be contacted but the police did not confirm the report. An Interior Ministry official said negotiations with the suspect were taking place.

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