Man 'armed with bomb' takes pregnant woman hostage in Paris

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

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

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. He reportedly struck one man, who managed to escape, but was doused with gasoline.

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.

The man was described as "determined and violent" and claimed to have a handgun and a bomb according to police, The Guardian reported.

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.

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According to reports he had demanded to be put in contact with the Iranian ambassador in Paris and that he didn't want any police cars in the vicinity. Police swept vehicles in the area with a device but found nothing, he said.

Police have not confirmed that the hostage-taker is armed.

Police initially said the hostage scene was unfolding in an office in the building, but soon stopped communicating details to journalists.

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