A Paris street is on lockdown as armed police wait outside a building where a man inside with hostages claims to be in possession of a bomb and a handgun. According to reports, the suspect has taken as many as 3 hostages and is demanding to speak with Iranian Embassy. While early reports suggested that there were three hostages, newer reports indicate there are two.
Pictures on social media show armed officers surrounding the Rue des Petites Ecuries in Paris’ 10th district. The 10th district is currently on lockdown. Furthermore, the suspect claims that one of the hostages is seriously injured. Some reports indicate that one of the hostages is a pregnant woman.
At this time, there is no word on who the suspect is. 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 police said they could not confirm whether the man was armed. They declined to provide more details.
Videos and images from the scene posted on social media show police officers outside a building in central Paris’s Petites Ecuries street, near the rail hub Gare du Nord.
The images are all too familiar for a nation that has dealt with various terror attacks over the last few years.
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