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

12 June 2018

An armed man has taken hostages at a building in a northern district of Paris.

"The man claims to be in possession of a bomb and a handgun", France Bleu said, adding that the hostage-taker demanded to speak with Iranian embassy. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said.

The hostage-taker reportedly entered the building in Rue des Petites Ecuries, pretending to be a food-delivery courier, at around 4pm local time.

Authorities said that officers from a specialist unit had arrived on site in response to an "unstable person" who was holding two people.

Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons.

The police said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related.

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