- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Several armed men have taken hostages after gunshots were fired in the northern French town of Roubaix, a police source confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday. 

“An operation is underway after hostages were taken. Gunshots were fired and the neighborhood has been cordoned off,” the source told Reuters. “A bank director and his family may have been taken as hostages.”

Several people are reported to have suffered gunshot wounds. 

It was not immediately clear whether the gunmen were linked to the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. Some early reports in local news and on social media suggest the situation could be the result of a robbery gone wrong. 

Medical and fire services confirmed that an operation was underway in Roubaix, which is roughly an hour west of Brussels, without giving further details.

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