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Roubaix hostage situation in northern France ends

Published 24/11/2015

Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. One or more armed men have taken hostages local authorities said, but there was no immediate indication of a link to the Paris attacks of November 13 in which some 129 people died. Roubaix's mayor office said the suspect or suspects "carried out a robbery". AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images

A hostage-taking incident in the northern French town of Roubaix has ended and all the hostages are safe, officials say.

The Nord region officials did not say where the incident took place, how many people had been held or how many hostage-takers had been involved.




Local media reported the hostage-taking was not terrorism-related but the result of a possible robbery.

Reports indicated shots had been fired at police at the start of the hostage-taking.

Police special forces were deployed to the area and local roads were temporarily cordoned off.

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