Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages'

Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages'

An armed man is believed to have seized at least one hostage in Rue des Petites Ecuries, with armed police and firefighters at the scene.

A spokesman for France's BRI intervention brigade said negotiations with the man were underway.

Officers are trying to determine whether the incident is terror related.

France has been on high alert after a series of jihadist attacks in the past three years, most recently a Saturday night knife attack by a man in Paris last month in which one person was killed.

A pregnant woman is reportedly being held captive along with possibly two other people in Paris, according to Daily Mail.

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Gerard Collomb tweeted the news ending Tuesday's drama in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighborhood of the French capital.

The hostage-taker also claimed he had an accomplice outside the building with a bomb, according to union official Lefebvre.

The police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed.

Before officers moved in, Lefebvre said a third hostage had been freed. The suspect reportedly doused two of the hostages with gasoline after the one managed to escape.

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