Paris incident: Armed man takes hostages

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

Anti-terrorist police are surrounding the Mixicom computer store in the French capital's 10th arrondissement, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub.

Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related. The French Special Forces have been photographed arriving at the scene.

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

At least two people were reportedly taken hostage in Paris on Tuesday, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

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The hostage-taker also claimed he had an accomplice outside the building with a bomb, according to Lefebvre.

Police would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands.

Videos and images circulating on social media show several police vehicles as well as heavily armed officers at the scene.

Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons. An Interior Ministry official said negotiations with the suspect were taking place.

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