Police Engaged In "Hostage Taking" Standoff With Armed Man In Paris

A gunman who took two people hostage in central Paris on Tuesday has been arrested and his victims freed "safe and sound", police in the French capital said.

According to media reports, three people were taken hostage, including a pregnant woman.

A street in the French captial has been closed off as police cordon the area. A Paris police official told CBS News there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism, however members of the force's elite serious crime unit, known as the BRI, were on the scene.

The area around the incident in the 10th arrondissement of Paris was ringed off by police.

The man reportedly asked to speak to the Iranian embassy to deliver a message to the French government, Reuters reports.

The Evening Standard reports the attack doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.

At least one other man was lightly injured while fighting with the hostage-taker and escaping before police arrived on the scene. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.