Hostage crisis in France comes to an end

Hostage crisis in French town of Roubaix ends with hostages unharmed

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French police forces respond to a hostage crisis in Roubaix, France on November 24, 2015.

A hostage crisis in France has ended with the hostages unharmed after three armed men took hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix.

According to the town’s prosecutor Frederic Fevre, one hostage-taker was killed, while the police are pursuing the other suspects who are on the run.

The incident took place on Tuesday evening at around 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT) with the first assessment being that the hostage-takers were holding a family hostage. The police could not specify the cause of the incident.

"An operation is underway after hostages were taken. Gunshots were fired and the neighbourhood has been cordoned off," a source told Reuters.

"A bank director and his family may have been taken hostage."

However, the most likely scenario is a failed armed robbery.

"This is apparently not a terrorist attack, it's apparently a robbery," one police source said.

Local residents say gunshots were heard at the location and the roads were closed by police forces, who clarified that the situation had nothing to do with the November 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.

Local authorities stated that the hostages are in a "secure place."

TRTWorld and agencies