Police Engaged In "Hostage Taking" Standoff With Armed Man In Paris

At least two people have reportedly been taken hostage in Paris, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

Shocking photos show police decked out in body armour with a local reporter warning of "an armed man".

Police have sealed off streets near the scene in the 10th arrondissement and are negotiating with the hostage-taker, Mr Lefebvre said.

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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 suspect reportedly doused two of the hostages with gasoline after the one managed to escape.

Police have cordoned off the area where the hostage situation was taking place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. But the police source said he had asked to communicate with the Iranian embassy so that they could convey a message to the French government.

Police also did not confirm reports that one of the hostages was injured. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

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