Police operation over hostage situation in Paris

An armed man has taken hostages at a building in a northern district of Paris.

Photos and videos from the scene showed numerous police vehicles and ambulances at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital. A pregnant woman also managed to escape and was being treated for shock by ambulance services on the scene.

Police said the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related.

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There initially were three hostages, but one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.in the office of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre said. More than a dozen heavily-armed police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the entrance of the building where the hostages were being held.

Police officers of the BRI intervention squad prepare a shield on June 12, 2018 near the site of an ongoing hostage taking in central Paris. But the police source said he had asked to communicate with the Iranian embassy so that they could convey a message to the French government.

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