Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages'

Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

The hostages have now been freed and the suspect arrested, the French interior minister announced.

Police swarmed a building in Paris on Tuesday, saying a man had taken two people hostage.

The hostage-taker also claimed he had an accomplice outside the building with a bomb, according to Lefebvre. One of the hostages is reportedly a pregnant woman, and another is "severely injured", according to a witness.

The motive for the attack was not clear but incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

Videos and images circulating on social media show several police vehicles as well as heavily armed officers at the scene.

French police have cordoned off the area and confirmed there was a "police intervention" underway in Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital, CNN reports.

The man has asked to be put in contact with the Iranian embassy.

Police would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands. He requested that the ambassador then pass the note to French authorities.

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