Arrest of gunman ends hostage seige in central Paris

French police and a fireman secure the street after a man took people hostage at a shop

French police and a fireman secure the street after a man took people hostage at a shop

An armed man has taken a number of people hostage, according to reports, including a pregnant woman.

The police said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related.

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.

Police said Tuesday they could not confirm whether the man was armed.

Witnesses said the man claimed to be in possession of a gun and bomb.

At least one man was lightly injured while fighting with the hostage-taker and escaping before the BRI officers arrived on the scene, a police source said.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter just before 8 p.m.in Paris, saying the hostages had been freed and the suspect was detained by police.

French police have cordoned off the area and confirmed there was a "police intervention" underway in Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital, CNN reports.

The suspect was reportedly holding a letter he wants to be handed over to the Iranian ambassador.

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