Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

A major police operation is underway in the city's 10 arrondissement near Gare Du Nord train station after a man entered the building just after 4pm local time (12am AEST), BFMTV reports.

The Paris prosecutor's office detained the suspect, a 26-year-old man born in Morocco, a judicial official said.

Police say a man is holding two people hostage in an office in central Paris. However, France Bleu radio said that the perpetrator was holding at least three people. 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.

Authorities provided no details of the raid by specially trained intervention police officers four hours after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.


French police with their dog secure the street as a man has taken people hostage at a business in Paris, France, June 12, 2018. However, a motive for the demand was not established.

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.

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

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