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Paris Hostages Safe as Gunman at Post Office Surrenders

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A man, who had taken two hostages in a post office, is arrested by French Research and Intervention Brigades police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 09:26 AM

Two hostages were safe on Friday after a man holed up with them in a suburban post office surrendered to police.

News service AFP reported a source as saying "There was no assault, the man gave himself up," adding that the hostages were "shocked but not injured."

Police said there did not appear to be any link to extremist attacks.

Several people in the post office had managed to escape, police said, and the gunman himself had called them on the phone. Sources said he was "speaking incoherently" and was heavily armed with grenades and Kalashnikovs.

The area around the post office in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, had been cordoned off, with a helicopter flying overhead and elite security forces on the ground.

The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead.

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