Sunday 22 April 2018

Armed man surrenders after French nursery school hostage siege

Police and emergency services at the scene in Paris
An armed response unit at the scene in Paris reporters

AN armed man briefly took an adult hostage at a nursery school south of Paris on Tuesday.

The intruder, who entered the school in Vitry-sur-Seine on the southern edge of the capital shortly before opening time, freed the hostage after a few hours and later surrendered to police, said Ludovic Monier, a policeman at the scene.

"At 12.10 (1010 GMT) the hostage-taker was taken out (of the building) calmly ... without any shots fired," Monier told reporters.

Last month, a 26-year-old man with a record of psychological problems, was shot and arrested by elite police in the southern city of Toulouse after taking several hostages at a bank and claiming to be a member of al Qaeda.

Toulouse, in the southwestern corner of France, was also the city where an al Qaeda-inspired gunman, 23-year-old Mohamed Merah, was shot dead by police after killing three soldiers, three Jewish children at a school, and a rabbi.

© Reuters

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