Shooting suspect takes 5 hostages in Paris supermarket

Man suspected of having been involved in killing of French policewoman seizes women and children in a kosher supermarket, French police report

Man suspected of having been involved in killing of French policewoman seizes women and children in a kosher supermarket, French police report

PARIS - At least five people -  believed to be women and children - have been taken hostage by a gunman suspected of being involved in the killing of a French policewoman in southern Paris, French police have said.

Armed police were surrounding the kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Friday afternoon.

The BFMTV television channel quoted police as saying at least five people, including women and children, were being held by a gunman armed with two Kalashnikov automatic rifles.

The incident came as a police operation was also under way in a village north of the French capital where the two men suspected of carrying out the gun massacre of 12 people at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday - Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32 - were holed up.

The gunman reportedly told the police he would hold the hostages until the "siege" of the Kouachi brothers was ended.

Schools close to the scene Porte de Vincennes were being evacuated.

The 27-year-old police officer shot dead in Montrouge on Thursday morning - Clarissa Jean-Philippe - had been in the job for 15 days when she was gunned down as she attended a routine traffic accident.

Additional reporting from Hajer M'tiri

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