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French Police Arrest Hostage-Taker Outside Paris


The hostage-taker was holed up in a post office in Colombes, northwest of Paris.

The hostage-taker was holed up in a post office in Colombes, northwest of Paris.

French police say a gunman who was holding hostages inside a post office has been arrested and the hostages have been freed.

Police said there was no known link between the incident in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and Islamist militant attacks that killed 17 people in the French capital last week.

The AFP news agency cited a police source as saying that the man surrendered and that police did not storm the building.

RTL radio earlier reported that the man claimed he was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a pistol, and grenades -- and that he was holding three hostages.

It said police were in contact with the man and that he had made no specific demands.

Based on reporting by AFP, RTL, and Dozhd
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