6 hostages released after Paris siege – police (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Local media reports suggest that the incident was a botched robbery attempt.
It started at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday when the man, who was reportedly armed with a handgun, stormed the Asieland agency on Boulevard Massena, in the 13th Arrondissement.
Gros dispositif des forces de l'ordre et secours à Paris (13eme) à Massena. Prise d'otages en cours. pic.twitter.com/pfaAwHrpuT— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) 2 December 2016
On its official Twitter account, the Paris police force asked people to avoid the area.
Negotiators were called to the scene.
#circulation Boulevard Massena Intervention en cours pour un vol à main armée, automobilistes contournez la zone— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) December 2, 2016
Reuters reported that the travel agency has been held up before and is particularly popular with Asian customers who deal in cash transactions.
Shortly before 9 p.m. local time, Paris police tweeted that the standoff had ended after police intervention. They said six people were evacuated from the office, but the gunman was not among those who came out.
AFP has reported that he fled the scene.
Vol à main armée bd masséna à paris intervention terminée de la BRI.— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) 2 December 2016
6 personnes sont sorties. Le braqueur n'était pas dans les lieux.
La police retire les gilets pare balles, l'intervention semble se terminer pic.twitter.com/CN0JXPytQ0— Geoffrey_Kazmierczak (@geokzk) December 2, 2016
"There were two different floors, a ground floor and a basement,” Jérôme Coumet, mayor of the 13th Arrondissement, told reporters.
“The employees were afraid that the robber would still be there, which was not the case. Everyone was released but the robber has not yet been arrested."
Le boulevard massena a porte de Choisy bloqué par plusieurs véhicules de police pic.twitter.com/TYtV692Ko6— Grégory Rozières (@rozieres) December 2, 2016