French security forces detained the man who had taken several hostages in a building in the center of Paris on Tuesday, said Interior Minister Gérard Collomb, noting that those released are safe and sound.
“The individual has been detained and the hostages are out of danger,” he wrote on his Twitter account Collomb, who congratulated the police forces, especially the elite BRI unit, for their “professionalism and reactivity.”
One of the two hostages released had been sprayed with gasoline by the kidnapper, the police prefecture told French media. The event began around 4:00 p.m. local time at the headquarters of a communication agency, said a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior.
The security forces managed to free at least two people who remained in the inner courtyard of the building with the kidnapper, with whom they negotiated from a few hours before.
Police sources told the French media that the demands of the hostage-taker seemed “incoherent” and pointed to the possibility that the work of a person with a psychological imbalance is treated.
The digital “actu17” indicated that the man claimed to be in possession of two bombs and wanted to speak with the ambassador of Iran and the French Government.
Other media had indicated that the perpetrator was armed with a knife.
The French authorities have not confirmed either of these two details.
France remains on alert for the jihadist attacks perpetrated since January 2015, which left 246 dead.