Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested after four-hour standoff

Police stormed the building and arrested the man after attempting to negotiate with him

'Hostage situation' in Paris - man with 'BOMB and handgun' surrounded by armed police

The man is "armed and holding at least two people", a source told AFP, adding that "the situation is quite confused" but did not appear to be terrorism-related.

French police and special police forces (BRI) secure the street as a man has taken two people hostage at a business in Paris, France, June 12, 2018.

The man also claims to have an accomplice outside the building.

He said to be armed with a bomb and a fake handgun and had originally taken three people hostage but one managed to escape. The hostages were held in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighbourhood. There is no indication of terrorist motives.

Map of Paris locating the Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement

The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said.

Police said Tuesday they could not confirm whether the man was armed.

During the negotiations, the hostage-taker reportedly evoked a odd mix of events, from the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center to the kidnapping and death past year of a young girl in an Alpine town.

The freed hostage was reportedly doused with gasoline and hit in the face as he was freed, according to Lefebvre, head of the FO police union.

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