Armed with radical Islamic ties, man held hostage in French bank, police say

On Tuesday, a man belonging to radical Islam entered a bank in France armed with a revolver and took at least six people hostage.

Police said the incident occurred in the local town of Le Lavre around 5 pm and the authorities quickly cordoned off the area.

BRED bank on the Boulevard de Strasbourg in Le Havre, France.
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Local media cited the officials as saying that officials were concerned that it may contain explosives.

A senior police union officer who was in contact with the officers in the conversation said the suspect is a 34-year-old male and is on the watch list of a security officer.

“We have identified it. He is on a watchlist. We know that he has become radicalized and is suffering from a serious psychosis, ”the SGP Unite Police Union chief told Reuters.

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However, the official did not confirm French media reports that he had made misleading demands. In keeping with French practice, the officer could not be identified by name.

RAID, a special intervention unit, was on the scene. The unit was trained to negotiate to define stressful situations and move in if it fails.

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At least two people have been exiled.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.