Police operation in Paris as man holds 2 hostages

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

The hostages have now been freed and the suspect arrested, the French interior minister announced.

"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.

The hostages are being held in the internal courtyard of the building, which contains a mix of offices and residential apartments.

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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. 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. A pregnant woman, who was treated for shock, also managed to get away.

Using anti-explosive robots up and down the street, police surrounded the area to prevent the hostage taker from escaping, CNN reported.

Dozens of police officers converged in an area of central Paris on Tuesday in response to a "hostage taking" situation by an armed man, police sources said. He requested that the ambassador then pass the note to French authorities.

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