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

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

The man is "armed and holding at least two people", a source told AFP, adding that "the situation is quite confused" but did not appear to be terrorism-related.

Videos and images from the scene posted on social media show police officers outside a building in central Paris's Petites Ecuries street. The information could not be officially confirmed.

The man reportedly asked for the Iranian embassy to be contacted but the police did not confirm the report.

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

An armed police officer and a sniffer dog search the area.

The man was described as "determined and violent" by police, who surrounded the building where three hostages were being held on Tuesday.

Negotiations with the suspect were taking place, according to an Interior Ministry official who couldn't be identified because the operation was in progress.

There were no immediate details on the age, appearance or nationality of the hostage taker.



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