PARIS-A four-hour hostage standoff in central Paris ended with police moving in, arresting the armed suspect and freeing the people held in a ground-floor office, France's interior minister announced late Tuesday. At this time, police do not now believe the situation is terror-related.
The area around the incident in the 10th arrondissement of Paris was ringed off by police.
French police with their dog secure the street as a man has taken people hostage at a business in Paris, France, June 12, 2018.
Police also said the man was believed to have an accomplice outside the building where he was holding the hostage in a northern district of the French capital.More news: Government avoids EU Withdrawal Bill defeat after last-ditch deal on 'meaningful vote'
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The male suspect reportedly asked to speak with the ambassador of Iran, Lefebvre said.
Paris police have not revealed how many people were taken hostage. However, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown. Video on BFM-TV showed a demining device for bombs at the scene.
A police source said the attacker had doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.
Police initially said the hostage scene was unfolding in an office in the building, but soon stopped communicating details to journalists.