Sus­pect in Paris hostage-tak­ing placed in psy­chi­atric unit

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A French ju­di­cial of­fi­cial says the sus­pect in a hostage-tak­ing in cen­tral Paris has been trans­ferred overnight to a psy­chi­atric unit. The of­fi­cial spoke anony­mously Wed­nes­day be­cause he was not al­lowed to dis­cuss an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. A four-hour hostage stand­off ended Tues­day af­ter po­lice ar­rested the armed sus­pect, a 26-year-old man born in Morocco. Two hostages were freed. There was no in­di­ca­tion of an ex­trem­ist mo­tive, po­lice said. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been open for kid­nap­ping and se­ques­tra­tion, at­tempted homi­cide and vi­o­lence with a weapon. Dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions, the hostage-taker re­port­edly evoked a strange mix of events, in­clud­ing the Sept. 11, 2001, at­tack on the World Trade Cen­ter, the kid­nap­ping and death last year of a young girl in an Alpine town, and ask­ing to speak to the Ira­nian am­bas­sador.

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