Police Engaged In "Hostage Taking" Standoff With Armed Man In Paris

Police Engaged In

Police Engaged In "Hostage Taking" Standoff With Armed Man In Paris

A man claiming to be armed with a bomb and revolver has taken three people hostage in Paris, police have said. The police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed.

The standoff began around 4:00 pm (1400 GMT), with BFM television reporting that the man had entered the offices of a start-up company on the Rue des Petites Ecuries, a gritty area of the bustling 10th arrondissement. A pregnant woman also managed to escape and was being treated for shock by ambulance services on the scene.

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Authorities said that officers from a specialist unit had arrived on site in response to an "unstable person" who was holding two people.

There was no indication of a terrorist motive, police said.

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

"Officials will be trying to start a negotiation with the man", police union official Yves Lefebvre told BFMTV. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

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Police have cordoned off the area where the hostage situation was taking place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

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