Man arrested after hostage incident in Paris: minister

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"The individual has been arrested and the hostages are out of danger", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter.

He said to be armed with a bomb and a fake handgun and had originally taken three people hostage but one managed to escape.

Anti-terrorist police are surrounding the Mixicom computer store in the French capital's 10th arrondissement, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub. However, police have said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related, according to CNN. Their captor apparently was armed with knives.

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Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi, said the Iranian Embassy in Paris stood ready to help "considering the importance of people's lives and human aspects of the issue".

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.

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.


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