Shocking photos show police decked out in body armour with a local reporter warning of "an armed man". The incident is not believed to be terror-related.
The Paris Police Prefecture confirmed to CNN that there was "a police intervention" underway at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital. Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area.
The man was described as "determined and violent" by police, who surrounded the building where three hostages were being held on Tuesday. 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. But the police source said he had asked to communicate with the Iranian embassy so that they could convey a message to the French government. Police also did not confirm reports that one of the hostages was injured.
This is a developing story.
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