- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A hostage situation in the northern French town of Roubaix ended Tuesday night with all of the hostages released safely and one hostage-taker killed by police.

Local authorities said the hostages were now in a “secure place,” according to multiple news reports.

Frederic Fevre, the prosecutor for the northern French city of Lille, told reporters that one hostage-taker had been killed, and that police were hunting for other suspects who were on the run, Reuters reported.

Up to three armed men took hostages in the town near the border with Belgium around 7 p.m. local time, according to local reports.

One source told Reuters that “a bank teller and his family may have been taken hostage.” Police have not given any further details on the hostages.

Senior officials, on high alert after the terrorist attacks in Paris and a spat of raids in Belgium, quickly confirmed that the situation was not linked to terrorism, the BBC reported.

Officials have not yet specified a story behind the hostage taking, but one police source told Reuters the incident was related to an armed robbery gone wrong.

Shots were fired at police during the incident. Special forces were deployed to the area and roads were cordoned off.

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