Gunman takes hostages in Paris post office, but surrenders soon; revives Charlie Hebdo attack fears

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Paris | Updated: January 16, 2015 8:21:31 PM

All the fears of the Charlie Hebdo attack have been revived today as an armed man has taken several hostages at a post office northwest of Parisan official said.

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An armed man who earlier took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris on Friday has surrendered with no one hurt, a French police official said.

The man equipped with a military weapon took an unconfirmed number of hostages at the post office in the town of Colombes, just outside the capital.

“I cannot confirm or deny whether it is linked to terrorism,” an official at the city prosecutor’s office told Reuters earlier, declining to give further details.

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BFM TV, citing an unidentified source, said the hostage drama was not related to last week’s attacks in Paris.

French police arrested 12 people earlier on Friday suspected of helping militant Islamist gunmen in last week’s killings in Paris. There have been numerous false alerts across the city since the attacks.

Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Hebdo attack, Charlie Hebdo cartoons, Charlie Hebdo cover, Paris, Paris terror attackMembers of the French police forces secure the area next to the post offices in Colombes outside Paris, were an armed gunman is holding hostages January 16, 2015. REUTERS

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