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Man holds two people hostage in Paris

Patty Aguilar | 12 June, 2018, 21:31

An armed man has taken hostages at a building in a northern district of Paris.

Emergency services arrive at the scene of a hostage situation in central France on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

A pregnant woman is reportedly being held captive along with possibly two other people in Paris, according to Daily Mail.

A Paris police official told CBS News there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism, however members of the force's elite serious crime unit, known as the BRI, were on the scene. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said.

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Officials at police headquarters would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands.

Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons.

The man reportedly asked to speak to the Iranian embassy to deliver a message to the French government, Reuters reports.

One hostage has a head injury, Yves Lefebvre, a police union spokesman, said.

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