Police operation in Paris as man holds 2 hostages

An armed man has taken a number of people hostage, according to reports, including a pregnant woman. Special units and fire services were at the scene.

Shocking photos show police decked out in body armour with a local reporter warning of "an armed man".

Police said the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related. They declined to confirm French media reports that the hostage-taker wanted to hand a letter to the Iranian ambassador, or reports that he was holding three people and that one had been injured. Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area.

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The standoff began around 4:00 pm (1400 GMT), with BFM television reporting that the man had entered the offices of a start-up company on the Rue des Petites Ecuries, a gritty area of the bustling 10th arrondissement. An Interior Ministry official said negotiations with the suspect were taking place.

Police officers of the BRI intervention squad prepare a shield on June 12, 2018 near the site of an ongoing hostage taking in central Paris.

The freed hostage was reportedly doused with gasoline and hit in the face as he was freed, according to Lefebvre, head of the FO police union. Check back for updates.

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