DEVELOPING: Reuters is reporting that a hostage situation in the northern French town of Roubaix, near the Belgium border, is taking place. Shots reportedly have been fired and medical services personnel have been called to the scene.
The BBC reported that a group of armed men took hostages and the neighborhood has been closed off by police.
Cities in France and Belgium have been on edge since the recent terror attacks in Paris, but senior police officials do not believe this situation is terror-related, The Independent reported, citing senior police officials. London’s Daily Star, citing a police source, reported that a bank director and his family may be the hostages.
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