Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested after 4 hours

Police officers stand on a street near the site of an ongoing hostage taking

Police officers stand on a street near the site of an ongoing hostage taking

Police swarmed a building in Paris on Tuesday, saying a man had taken two people hostage.

The hostage-taker reportedly entered the building in Rue des Petites Ecuries, pretending to be a food-delivery courier, at around 4pm local time.

They declined to confirm French media reports that the hostage-taker wanted to hand a letter to the Iranian ambassador, or reports that he was holding three people and that one had been injured.

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

More than a dozen heavily-armed police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the building where the hostages were being held, located in a crowded neighborhood in the center of the French capital.

Authorities provided no details of the raid by specially trained intervention police officers four hours after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m. Their captor apparently was armed with knives.

The man who took the hostages is claiming to be armed with a "bomb and handgun". However, a motive for the demand was not established. That hostage was also reportedly doused with gasoline and hit in the face, he said.

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