Heavily armed police in Paris rescue captives, arrest hostage-taker

Heavily armed police in Paris rescue captives, arrest hostage-taker

At least two people had been held. However, police have said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related, according to CNN.

The man is being investigated on multiple counts, including kidnapping and sequestration, attempted homicide and violence with a weapon, the official said.

A police source said the hostage-taker initially hit one person who was able to escape.

Before the arrest, police and firefighters sent a water-spraying robot into the building, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

Videos and images from the scene posted on social media show police officers outside a building in central Paris's Petites Ecuries street. Their captor apparently was armed with knives.

One of the hostages is reportedly a pregnant woman, and another is "severely injured", according to a witness.

The man has asked to be put in contact with the Iranian embassy. Police swept vehicles in the area with a device but found nothing, he said.

A major police operation is underway in the city's 10 arrondissement near Gare Du Nord train station after a man entered the building just after 4pm local time (12am AEST), BFMTV reports.

The Evening Standard reports the attack doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.

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