Hostages have been taken in a jewellery store in Montpellier, Southern France. The new incident is evolving shortly after hostages were freed in Paris and Charlie Hebdo suspects killed in Northern France.
According to the media, two people are being held in a shop in the center of the city. The police have surrounded the area.
There is no precise information yet about the siege. However, the media report it could be an attempted robbery which turned into hostage taking.
People from the surrounding shops were evacuated by the police and the electricity was cut briefly to prepare for the police attack to release the hostages.
The armed man reportedly held the two shopkeepers for about an hour, threatening them with a gun. However, no one was killed nor wounded, local Midi Libre said.
Special police forces arrived on the scene along with the region’s prosecutor and the city mayor.
According to Montpellier prosecutor Christophe Barret, cited by Midi Libre, the situation is “very calm” and there is no reason to connect the siege in Montpellier with the events in Paris and in Northern France.
People from the surrounding shops were evacuated by the police and the electricity was cut to prepare the police attack to release the hostages, the newspaper reported.
The incident in Montpellier has caused a new wave of panic in France as it followed less than an hour after the Charlie Hebdo suspects were killed in Northern France and a hostage siege in a kosher store in Paris, where a gunman was killed. France’s Interior Minister has confirmed that “several” hostages have been killed. There have been four deaths reported in the Paris hostage taking.
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