Armed man 'with a bomb' holds three inside a shop

Armed man 'with a bomb' holds three inside a shop

The hostages have now been freed and the suspect arrested, the French interior minister announced.

One man is said to have been injured after being hit by wrench as the man - who has not been identified - entered the shop during the late afternoon on Tuesday.

More than a dozen heavily-armed police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the building where the hostages were being held, located in a crowded neighbourhood in the centre of the French capital. However, police have said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related, according to CNN.

There initially were three hostages, but one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking began at about 4 pm in the office of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre said.

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Videos and images from the scene posted on social media show police officers outside a building in central Paris's Petites Ecuries street.

"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. He reportedly struck one man, who managed to escape, but was doused with gasoline.

Police have not confirmed that the hostage-taker is armed.

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