Hostages Seized At Paris Grocery Store
January 9, 2015

No one knows yet whether this incident is somehow related to the Paris shooting suspects, but it seems likely:

PARIS — A gunman seized a kosher grocery store Friday and took hostages in a second standoff as officials outside the French capital surrounded the country’s most-wanted terrorist suspects.

The AFP news agency reported at least two people were killed.

French media said at least five people were taken captive. The Associated Press, citing police sources, said there were “multiple” hostages.

It was not immediately clear whether the hostage-taking was linked to this week’s bloodshed that has put the country on edge.

But the suspect in the fatal shooting of a policewoman on Thursday remained at large. Authorities also said there appeared to be a “connection” between the slaying and the terrorist storming of a satirical newspaper on Wednesday that left 12 people dead, AFP reported.

Riot police set up positions near the grocery in Porte de Vincennes on the eastern outskirts of Paris. Helicopters passed overhead, and ambulances raced to the scene.

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