Man takes two hostage, including pregnant woman, in Paris office

Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

The hostages have now been freed and the suspect arrested, the French interior minister announced.

The man was described as "determined and violent" and claimed to have a handgun and a bomb according to police, The Guardian reported.

An armed man has taken a number of people hostage, according to reports, including a pregnant woman. A Paris police official told CBS News there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism, however members of the force's elite serious crime unit, known as the BRI, were on the scene.

"Two hostages. including one who had petrol poured on them", have been freed police said. He reportedly struck one man, who managed to escape, but was doused with gasoline.

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He said: "An armed man is entrenched rue des Petits Stables, Paris 10th".

Police block off the street in central Paris.

The Paris Police Prefecture confirmed to CNN that there was "a police intervention" underway at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital.

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

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