Police operation in Paris as man holds 2 hostages


Police say a man is holding two people hostage in an office in central Paris.

Emergency services arrive at the scene of a hostage situation in central France on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

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.

A journalist for BFM Paris said two hostages had been taken.

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Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.

French special forces are in contact with and negotiating with the man, who claimed to have a handgun and a bomb and demanded to be put in contact with the Iranian embassy in Paris. More than a dozen heavily-armed police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the entrance of the building where the hostages were being held.

Negotiations with the suspect were taking place, according to an Interior Ministry official who couldn't be identified because the operation was in progress.

One hostage has a head injury, Yves Lefebvre, a police union spokesman, said.