Gunmen rob store in Paris suburbs, 10 people inside: police

Gunmen rob store in Paris suburbs, 10 people inside: police
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A group of gunmen broke into a store in a suburban Paris shopping centre and 10 people were trapped inside, police said Monday.

A group of gunmen broke into a store in a suburban Paris shopping centre and 10 people were trapped inside, police said Monday.


Special police units surrounded the Primark store in the town of Villeneuve-la-Garenne, according to a Paris regional police official.

The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

The official said the assailants were trying to rob the store and entered around 6:30 am (0430GMT) Monday. The official said it is unclear whether the 10 people trapped inside are being held hostage or are hiding from the gunmen.

Television images showed several helmeted elite police officers entering a side door of the shopping centre mid-morning. Police said the shopping centre and surrounding area are closed to the public because of the security operation.

The discount clothing store is in a shopping centre adjacent to the Seine River about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of central Paris.

There was no immediate sign of a political or other motive for the robbery.

The Paris region remains on high alert for terrorist activity after Islamic extremists attacked a kosher supermarket and satirical newspaper offices in January, leaving 20 people dead including the attackers.
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