Hostages Taken Near Belgian Border in Roubaix, France

Hostages Taken Near Belgian Border in Roubaix, France


There is a hostage situation in the northern French town of Roubaix near the Belgian border, but local media cautioned it had “no link with a terrorist attack”.


Local newspaper La Voix du Nord said there were no injured people.

Gunmen are in a property on the corner of avenue Gustave Delory and rue Vaillant, Roubaix. Police sources suggested there was no link to the Paris attacks of 13 November and the hostage-taking may be related to a robbery.

Residents said they heard gunfire around 7pm on Tuesday evening.

La Voix du Nord reported automatic gunfire and “several injured”. The area around the flat has been sealed off.

“An operation is under way after hostages were taken. Gunshots were fired and the neighbourhood has been cordoned off,” a police source told Reuters. “A bank director and his family may have been taken as hostages.”

Hostages Taken Near Belgian Border in Roubaix, France

 

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