Man holds two people hostage in Paris

The man is "armed and holding at least two people", a source told AFP, adding that "the situation is quite confused" but did not appear to be terrorism-related.

Videos and images from the scene posted on social media show police officers outside a building in central Paris's Petites Ecuries street, near the rail hub Gare du Nord.

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

One hostage has a head injury, Yves Lefebvre, a police union spokesman, said.

One man is said to have been injured after being hit by wrench as the man - who has not been identified - entered the shop during the late afternoon on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area.

French police said it was not clear if the man was armed and there was no indication of terrorist motives.

Police officers of the BRI intervention squad prepare a shield on June 12, 2018 near the site of an ongoing hostage taking in central Paris. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

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