Paris ‘Gunman’ Arrested, Pregnant Woman and Captive Doused in Petrol Released

The suspect said he had a bomb in his bag and ‘wanted to send message to the Iranian embassy’

A man has been arrested in Paris tonight after taking a pregnant woman and one other person hostage, before dousing them with petrol.

Anti-terror police stormed the Mixicom computer store in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub, where the gunman was holed up.

The armed man claimed to have a bomb on him, leading to a four-hour long stand-off.

One man is said to have been injured after being hit by a wrench as the suspect entered the shop this afternoon.

The gunman allegedly told officers that he “wanted to get a message to the Iranian embassy and the French government”.

Armed police moved in and arrested the suspect after attempting to negotiate with him for around four hours.

One police source said the man ‘appeared to be psychologically disturbed’, and ruled out a terrorist motive for the drama.

The source added: “He is now in custody after a relatively easy arrest, during which no-one was hurt. The hostages are safe and in good health.”

The siege began just before 4pm local time, when the man claimed to have the explosives and a pistol with him as he rushed into the building.

Reports suggest he had a “brief fight” with another man, who made his escape and raised the alarm.

He suffered a facial injury after being hit with a wrench.

At this point, the gunman rushed into the offices of Mixicom, which works to promote YouTube…

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