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Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

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.

There were two people taken hostage, according to initial reports.

Police said the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related. The information could not be officially confirmed.

Crowds of bystanders were held back by a security perimeter at the site, where police and rescue workers were massed, deploying at least one remote-controlled robot on tracks toward the building where the armed man had barricaded himself. However, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown.

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"The man claims to be in possession of a bomb and a handgun", France Bleu said, adding that the hostage-taker demanded to speak with Iranian embassy.

An armed police officer and a sniffer dog search the area.

A major police operation is underway in the city's 10 arrondissement near Gare Du Nord train station after a man entered the building just after 4pm local time (12am AEST), BFMTV reports.

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