A teenager armed with a gun who took several women hostage in a tobaconnist's store in his home town of Blagnac, near Toulouse in south-west France on Tuesday, in an attack for which the motive remains unclear, gave himself up to police close to midnight after earlier releasing his captives.
Six hostages are being held by a gunman in a tobacconist's store in Blagnac, close to Toulouse in south-west France, local media report, and has threatened to kill one of his captives while demanding to negotiate unknown terms with police.
The motives of a 26-year-old Moroccan man arrested after taking staff at a PR agency in central Paris hostage during a four-hour siege which ended without bloodshed when police stormed the building remained unclear Monday evening, according to official sources.
A 16-year-old boy was detained on suspicion of taking part in a false alert of a hostage-taking in a church in Le Marais district of Paris on Saturday, which led to a major anti-terrorist police operation.
The practising Muslim from Mali said his actions were those that any human should take for others facing threats from a common enemy.