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Gunmen Take Hostages in Store in Paris

© AP Photo / Thibault CamusVilleneuve-la-Garenne
Villeneuve-la-Garenne - Sputnik International
French special forces have evacuated 18 people from the Qwartz mall in a Paris suburb where gunmen earlier seized a shop with several people inside, French media reported Monday.

According to the BFMTV television, following the evacuation from the Primark shop in the mall, there is no further information about the fate of the attackers.

Earlier it was reported, that unknown gunmen holed up in a store in the Qwartz shopping center in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, north suburb of Paris, with some 18 people inside after what appears to be a robbery attempt.

The robbers were armed with a shotgun, one of them might be an employee of the Primark store, Le Perisien reported.

"Around 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two or three armed criminals went into the Primark store for what we think was initially an attempt at armed robbery," a police source, who wished to remain anonymous, said of the incident at Villeneuve-la-Garenne.

French media reported, that an employee "sent a text message to her boyfriend at 7:01 local time to tell him they were taken hostage by two armed men."

According to the France Info, all hostages were evacuated. There are no indications it was a terrorist attack.

The Paris police have cordoned the scene. The shopping center is currently closed, with police working at the scene.

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