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    Members of special French RAID forces secure the area next to the post office in Colombes outside Paris, were an armed gunman is holding hostages January 16, 2015

    French Police Surround Armed Suburb Hostage Taker

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    Police encircled the gunman who took hostages at the Paris suburb of Colombes, according to Daily Mail.

    MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) — French police encircled the gunman who took hostages at the Paris suburb of Colombes, Daily Mail reported on Friday.

    According to the news outlet, the man armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and grenades is holding two hostages at the northwestern Paris commune. Earlier reports suggested that the number of hostages varied from one to five.

    Meanwhile, the hostage situation is said to be not terror related. Media reports state the perpetrator suffers from mental distress.

    On January 7, the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo was attacked by terrorists, killing 12 people, 10 of whom were editorial staff, and injured another 11. On January 8, a French female police officer was shot dead in the Paris suburb of Montrouge. The following day, a gunman killed four hostages in a kosher supermarket.

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