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Sunday 26 February 2017

18 evacuated after store robbery

Police officers outside the Primark store near Paris that was hit by robbers (AP)
Police officers outside the Primark store near Paris that was hit by robbers (AP)
Police outside a clothing store, in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, north of Paris after armed men broke in and held several people hostage (AP)
The gunmen broke into the Primark store in the town of Villeneuve-la-Garenne

Eighteen people have been safely evacuated after an armed robbery attempt on a suburban clothing store in Paris.

The gunmen, who broke into the Primark store in the town of Villeneuve-la-Garenne, are still at large.

Police surrounded the shopping centre and cordoned off the neighbourhood, adjacent to the Seine River about 6 miles north of central Paris.

Police are hunting the attackers in the area.

The assailants entered the store at around 6.30am. Several people were already inside, primarily employees.

Officers from a special police unit entered the store, and a few officers emerged later accompanying women reported to be store employees, according to images broadcast on BFM television.

There was no immediate sign of a political or other motive for the robbery.

The Paris region remains on high alert after Islamic extremists attacked a kosher supermarket and satirical newspaper offices in January, leaving 20 people dead including the attackers.

Press Association

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