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Two people taken hostage in a post office in a Paris suburb

Two people have been taken hostage by an armed man in a post office in a Paris suburb, according to reports.

Newspapers Le Figaro and Le Monde, both citing an AFP dispatch based on police sources, reported that the man is equipped with a military weapon.

The ongoing hostage situation is in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris. Police have cordoned off the area.

According to police an armed man is currently detaining the hostages, but they insisted there was no link to terrorism.

Witnesses said the man entered the post office at 12.30pm local time and some customers were able to escape.

It is believed he is now inside with two hostages.

AFT reported, The man, known to police for previous criminal offences, phoned emergency services claiming he was "heavily armed with grenades and a kalachnikov".

A source said: "He phoned number 17 [the French emergency number] saying rambling things," a source said, adding that no shots had been fired.

A helicopter was flying overhead.

Negotiations between the man and special police units are underway, according to reports.

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