May 7, 2019 / 4:42 PM / 2 months ago

Armed teenager releases four hostages in southern France - police source

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - A teenager released four women after holding them hostage in a newsagent’s store in Toulouse, southwestern France, on Tuesday, a police source said.

The 17-year-old, who was arrested at a yellow vest protest in December, had made no demands before releasing the women, the source said.

He fired at least one shot over the heads of police and had demanded a negotiator, the source said, adding that the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

The gunman had not yet surrendered to authorities.

Police and set up a 300-metre (330-yard) security cordon around the store in the city’s Blagnac suburb and told neighbours to stay indoors.

Reporting by Julie Rimbert in Toulouse, writing by Richard Lough; editing by John Irish and John Stonestreet

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