Police operation over hostage situation in Paris

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Police operation over hostage situation in Paris

An area in Paris has been on lockdown after an armed man reportedly took several people, including a pregnant woman, hostage in one of the buildings, local media report.

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 individual has been arrested and the hostages are out of danger", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter.

A police source said the attacker had doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.

Police also said the man was believed to have an accomplice outside the building where he was holding the hostage in a northern district of the French capital.

The motive for the attack was not clear but incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

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

The hostage was allegedly hurt after being hit with a wrench as the hostage-taker, who has not been identified, entered the tech store on the afternoon of June 12.

This is a breaking news story.

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