Hostage crisis in French town ends; one gunman killed

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Nov 2015 11:39:58

Police cordon off the area close to where armed men took hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on Tuesday. (AFP)


PARIS, Nov 25 (Agencies)

ONE suspected gunman was found dead when a hostage-taking situation in the northern French town of Roubaix ended with the hostages being brought to safety, local officials said.
Local reports suggested three armed men took a family hostage and gunshots were fired. Police closed off the neighbourhood. Reuters reported that several people sustained gunshot wounds and one of the hostage takers was killed during the police operation.
Police are not linking the incident to Paris terror attacks, even though the entire France remains on high alert after the 13/11 carnage. The prefect of the Nord region said all hostages were safe after the hours-long incident on Tuesday night, during which the hostage-takers reportedly fired at police.
Prosecutor Frederic Fevre said one suspect was found dead in the house in a residential street where the hostage-taking had taken place and that a Kalashnikov assault rifle was also found there. At least one suspect who had tossed away his pistol was found outside the house and was detained, while a number of hostage-takers escaped, he said.
Fevre didn’t specify how many were on the run or what had motivated the hostage-taking. Local media reported the hostage-taking was not terrorism-related but the result of a possible robbery, although reports on the motive were conflicting.
Police special forces were deployed to the area and local roads were temporarily cordoned off during the incident.