Man 'armed with bomb' takes pregnant woman hostage in Paris

An armed man is believed to have seized at least one hostage in Rue des Petites Ecuries, with armed police and firefighters at the scene. Special units and fire services were at the scene.

A pregnant woman is reportedly being held captive along with possibly two other people in Paris, according to Daily Mail. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said.

However, police have said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related, according to CNN. 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. The man who took the hostages is claiming to be armed with a "bomb and handgun".

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Police have cordoned off the area where the hostage situation was taking place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said.

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