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Man takes hostages at post office on outskirts of Paris

BFM TV said two people were being held hostage and that the incident was not deemed terrorist-related.

Picture taken of the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on 16 January, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Picture: AFP.

PARIS - An armed man has taken several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris, French media reported on Friday, with one TV station saying the incident was not a suspected terrorist act.

Newspapers Le Figaro and Le Monde, both citing an AFP news agency dispatch based on police sources, reported that a man equipped with a military weapon had taken an unconfirmed number of hostages at the post office in the town of Colombes, not far outside the capital.

BFM TV said two people were being held hostage and that the incident was not deemed terrorist-related.

This comes after 17 victims and three attackers died in three days of violence in Paris last week that began with an assault on the offices of satirical weekly _ Charlie Hebdo_.