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19 Jun, 2007 07:18

Two hostages released in France - reports

Two hostages have reportedly been released by armed men who have stormed a bank, south of Paris. Earlier, one of the hostages managed to escape from the bank and alerted police.

Several other hostages are still being held.

The area has been cordoned off by local police with French special task police force also in attendance.

Preliminary reports said there were six hostages, but local authorities couldn't confirm the number.