Paris police in 'hostage taking' standoff with armed man

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The police of Paris reported on the successful storming of the building, where a lone gunman held hostage three people.

A street in the French captial has been closed off as police cordon the area.

Further, the motive of the accused has also not been disclosed yet. One of the hostages is reportedly a pregnant woman, and another is "severely injured", according to a witness.

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The hostage was allegedly hurt after being hit with a wrench as the hostage-taker, who has not been identified, entered the tech store on the afternoon of June 12.

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.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb tweeted the news ending the drama in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighbourhood of the French capital.

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Other press accounts said that the perpetrator was armed with a knife. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

The area around the incident in the 10th arrondissement of Paris was ringed off by police.

Before officers moved in, Lefebvre said a third hostage had been freed.

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Paris police have not revealed how many people were taken hostage.

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