Paris: Three hostages, possibly including a pregnant woman, have been taken hostage by a man in Paris claiming to be armed with a “bomb and handgun”.
One hostage has been seriously injured, the hostage-taker has claimed.
Reports of the incident are coming from Rue des Petites Ecuries, with armed police and firefighters at the scene.
Witnesses claimed that the man, described by authorities as “unstable”, claimed to be in possession of a gun and bomb.
One hostage is “seriously injured” after he hit the victim with a wrench, the hostage-taker told police.
The other two hostages, which may include a pregnant woman, are in good condition.
A journalist for a major Paris media firm said two hostages had been taken at an advertising agency’s office near Gare du Nord Eurostar station.
He said: “An armed man is entrenched rue des Petits Stables, Paris 10th. He’s holding two hostages. Cordoned off by law enforcement.”
A security source at the scene said the man wanted to speak to the Iranian embassy and French government.
Streets in the area have been sealed off by police cordons. Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.