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A police source said the hostage-taker at another stand-off at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris was dead after a police operation there. That hostage-taker was believed to have links to the same Islamist group as the two brothers.

PREVIOUSLY: HOSTAGES TAKEN AT PARIS KOSHER SUPERMARKET, ONE WOUNDED


An armed man took several hostages and one person was wounded in a shootout at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday, police sources said, denying an earlier media report that two people were dead.

It was not immediately clear whether there was a link between that gunman and the two suspects wanted for 12 killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly on Wednesday.

However a police source said the hostage-taker resembled the man suspected of killing a policewoman in a southern suburb of Paris on Thursday. That man in turn is believed to be a member of the same jihadist group as the two Charlie Hebdo suspects.

The exact number of hostages taken was unclear. Local media spoke of at least five. The police source said the man was equipped with automatic weapons.

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Police immediately cordoned off the area and a helicopter was flying overhead.

North of the capital French anti-terrorist police sealed off a town and helicopters hovered overhead after a police source said the two men believed to have carried Wednesday's attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper took at least one person hostage in a small print works.

Separately, Paris police named a man they were looking for in connection with Thursday's killing of a policewoman as 32 year-old Amedy Coulibaly. They said were also looking for a 26 year-old woman called Hayat Boumeddiene. They described both as armed and dangerous.

PREVIOUSLY: HOSTAGES TAKEN AT PARIS KOSHER SUPERMARKET

Several people were taken hostage at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday after a shootout involving a man armed with two guns, a police source said.

There were unconfirmed local media reports that the man was the same as the one suspected of killing a policewoman in a southern suburb of Paris on Thursday.

A police source had told Reuters earlier he was a member of the same jihadist group as the two suspects in Wednesday's attack at weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The exact number of hostages was unclear. Local media spoke of at least five. The police source said the man was equipped with automatic weapons.

Police immediately cordoned off the area and a helicopter was flying overhead. Local media said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was rushing to the scene.

 
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