Paris police in 'hostage taking' standoff with armed man

France on high alert after series of terrorist attacks in past three years


Afp June 12, 2018
Police officers stand on a street near the site of an ongoing hostage taking on June 12, 2018 in central Paris. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS: Dozens of police officers converged in an area of central Paris on Tuesday in response to a "hostage taking" situation by an armed man, police sources said.

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.

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France has been on high alert after a series of jihadist attacks in the past three years, most recently a Saturday night knife attack by a man in Paris last month in which one person was killed.

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