Police operation over hostage situation in Paris

An armed man claiming to have a bomb has taken three people including a pregnant woman hostage in Paris

The French interior minister says that a hostage-taker has been arrested and his hostages freed, some four hours after holing up in a building in central Paris.

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

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.

Authorities said that officers from a specialist unit were responding to an "unstable person" who was holding two people but that there was no indication the incident was terrorism-related. A pregnant woman, who was treated for shock, also managed to get away.

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French police and special police forces (BRI) secure the street as a man has taken two people hostage at a business in Paris, France, June 12, 2018.

Police would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands.

The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said.

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