Hostage situation in Roubaix in northern France

PUBLISHED Tue, November 24, 2015 - 2:16pm EST

A hostage situation is taking place at a residence in the northern French town of Roubaix after a robbery, but the incident is not thought to be related to terrorism. Gunshots have been heard. (more)

The hostage situation began early on Tuesday evening at a residence in Roubaix, near the border with Belgium, after an attempted robbery, the mayor's office told the AFP news agency. Shots were fired at police, though it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. The situation is ongoing.

There was no official word on how many people had been taken hostage, but a police source told the Reuters news agency that the hostages are believed to be a bank director and his family. "An operation is underway after hostages were taken. Gunshots were fired and the neighborhood has been cordoned off," the police source was cited as saying.

Medical services told the Reuters news agency that there were several victims with gunshot wounds, but BNO News has not been able to verify that report.

French media have described the hostage-takers as heavily armed, and the counter-terrorism unit RAID has arrived at the scene, though a police source told Reuters that there is no apparent connection to this month's terror attacks in Paris.

Other details were not immediately available.

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  Roubaix, France     





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