BREAKING!! HOSTAGE SITUATION in Northern France; reports of wounded CHILDREN

There are social media reports that there is a hostage situation developing in Northern France.

I’ll post more information as it becomes available.


More from TIME magazine:

A hostage situation was reportedly taking place in northern France, near the border with Belgium, on Tuesday afternoon.

Several people have been injured in the town of Roubaix, according to the Reuters news agency, reportedly by gunshot wounds. A local media source said there was ongoing police action with probable shots exchanged.


From SputnikNews:

“A bank director and his family may have been taken as hostages,” the source added. Children were also reportedly among the hostages.

RTL reports that the situation began after the suspects were stopped at a security checkpoint, while other outlets suggest it may have begun as a robbery. There were also conflicting reports about where exactly in Roubaix the incident is taking place. Some suggest the gunmen were holed up inside an apartment building, while others report the incident took place inside a gas station.

French prosecutors have confirmed that the incident appears to have been a robbery gone wrong, according to MSNBC, and was unrelated to the Paris attacks of November 13.

This could go either way with such poor, generalized reporting. I wouldn’t be surprised if they discovered later it was part of an Islamist attack, or if it had nothing to do with terrorism.

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