Hostages taken in Paris suburb post office

A suspect in a hostage taking situation is detained by members of special French RAID forces outside the post offices in Colombes

A suspect in a hostage taking situation is detained by members of special French RAID forces outside the post offices in Colombes Photo: Reuters

(SOURCE)  A gunman who took two people hostage in a post office in Colombes, a suburb of northwest Paris, has been arrested after giving himself up to police.

The hostages were released unharmed, according to police, in an incident which they said had no link to terrorism.

The man is known by the authorities, and had contacted the police himself, they said.

According to local Socialist MP Alexis Bachelay, the man was carrying out an “armed robbery”.

The man, known to police for previous criminal offences, phoned emergency services claiming he was “heavily armed with grenades and a kalachnikov”, AFP reported.

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