Update: While the hostage situation is still active, local media are now reporting that one of the hostages has been released. The exact location of the incident has been cited as the offices of advertising agency Minicom. Police are negotiating with the man to try and save the remaining hostages.
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A man who reportedly is claiming to have a bomb and a handgun has taken up to three people hostage near the center of Paris, local media is reporting. According to the Mirror, the Rue des Petites Ecuries, in the 10th arondissement where the incident is taking place, is on lockdown as police, fire trucks and ambulances rush to the scene. People nearby have shared images of the armed police presence on social media. According to online reports, the man is demanding to speak with the Iranian embassy. It’s unclear whether the case is terrorism-related.
The hostage taker is claiming that one of his hostages is “seriously injured” and another is a pregnant woman. Photos and video posted on social media show the growing police presence. The area around where the incident is unfolding has been closed to the public.
A police operation is underway.
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