Heavily armed police in Paris rescue captives, arrest hostage-taker
Police in riot gear surrounded the doorway of a constructing in central Paris the place a person was holding at the least two individuals hostage in a ground-floor workplace Tuesday, French authorities mentioned.
There was no indication of a terrorist motive, police mentioned.
French inside minister later mentioned the hostage-taker has been arrested and the hostages freed.
There initially had been three hostages, however one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking started at about four pm within the workplace of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre mentioned.
The freed hostage was reportedly doused with gasoline and hit within the face as he was freed, based on Lefebvre, head of the FO police union. The knowledge couldn’t be formally confirmed.
Greater than a dozen heavily-armed cops, firefighters and rescue staff had been stationed outdoors the constructing the place the hostages had been being held, situated in a crowded neighborhood within the middle of the French capital.
The world was evacuated and the road, rue des Petites Ecuries, was cordoned off. Negotiations had been in progress.
The male suspect reportedly requested to talk with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre mentioned. Nevertheless, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown.
The hostage-taker additionally claimed he had an confederate outdoors the constructing with a bomb, based on Lefebvre. Police swept autos within the space with a tool however discovered nothing, he mentioned. Video on BFM-TV confirmed a demining system for bombs on the scene.
Officers at police headquarters wouldn’t instantly affirm whether or not the particular person holding the hostages was armed or describe the character of his calls for.
Negotiations with the suspect had been happening, based on an Inside Ministry official who could not be recognized as a result of the operation was in progress.
Police initially mentioned the hostage scene was unfolding in an workplace within the constructing, however quickly stopped speaking particulars to journalists.