Arrest ends hostage siege in central Paris
PARIS – Agence France-Presse
“Two hostages including one who had petrol poured on them” have been freed, police said, adding that the man had been armed with a knife.
The standoff began around 4 p.m., with BFM television reporting that the man had entered the offices of a start-up company on the Rue des Petites Ecuries, a gritty area of the bustling 10th arrondissement.
At least one other man was slightly injured while fighting with the hostage-taker before police arrived on the scene.
The motive for the attack was not clear, but the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.
“Based on our initial investigations, it could be a mentally unstable person whose motivations are still unclear,” another source said.