One person has been released as an armed man remains holed up with several other hostages in the 10th district of Paris, Sputnik’s correspondent reports. A major police operation is underway, the mayor’s office has confirmed on Twitter, APA reports.
The motives of the man remain unknown. The area is sealed off. Police are at the scene and are saying that this doesn't appear to be terrorism-related.
Conflicting media reports suggest that there might be 2 or 3 hostages, but the information has not yet been confirmed.
According to the France Blue, three people, including a pregnant woman, have been taken hostage. One of the hostages might be injured.
The attacker reportedly has a bomb and a handgun and has also requested to be put in contact with the Iranian Embassy.
He said that he had an armed accomplice, outside the building, announces Le Parisien.
Additional law enforcement personnel, several ambulances, and fire trucks have arrived at the scene. Police are recommending that people stay in their homes and not go out onto the streets.
According to the France2 website, the attacker is armed with a knife and a gas can.
"Officials will be trying to start a negotiation with the man," police union official Yves Lefebvre said.