At least two people were being held hostage Tuesday in Paris.
The Paris Police Prefecture told that there was “a police intervention” underway in an advertising agency in the Rue des Petites-Écuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital. Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area.
Authorities said that officers from a specialist unit had arrived on site in response to an “unstable person” who was holding two people.
A spokesman for the Paris police said there was no indication the incident was terrorism-related.
He declined to elaborate on the hostage-taker’s motive but confirmed that someone was able to get out of the building at the start of the hostage situation.
“We are a bit worried. No one understands what is happening. … Everyone is waiting to see what is happening,” Lucie Lefrançois, who works for a communications company on the same street.
“We don’t see much; there are just lots of police.”
France has been in a state of high alert following a series of terror attacks in recent years, including a knife-wielding assailant who went on a stabbing rampage last month in Paris.
Developing story – more to come.