Armed man takes multiple hostages in Toulouse, southern France

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Armed man takes multiple hostages in Toulouse, southern France 1

French police say an armed man has taken multiple hostages in a store on the outskirts of Toulouse.

A police spokeswoman said four hostages were taken in a convenience store in Blagnac, near Toulouse airport.

She said it’s too early to rule out terror without knowing the hostage-taker’s demands.
The hostage situation is near Toulouse airport

Police have surrounded the store and the area has been evacuated. According to television reports from France 3, the hostage-taker has demanded to speak to a negotiator.

The man seized the hostages at 4.20pm.

The shop in Blagnac where the hostages are being held

Police tweeted: “Ongoing police operation on the port plan sector in Blagnac – please avoid the area and respect the perimeter of the security.”