At least five people have been taken hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris after a shootout and unconfirmed reports from AFP is that at least two people are dead in the hostage situation.
According to a Sky news report, the suspect armed with two guns, is suspected of being the same man who killed a policewoman in Montrouge, southern Paris, on Thursday.
SWAT teams, dozens of police vans and emergency services rushed to the scene, as helicopters hovered above.
Kosher restaurants were closing across Paris while schools in the Porte de Vincennes area were on lockdown and two subway stops were closed.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was rushing to the scene.
He is suspected to be a member of the same jihadist group as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, who stormed satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo a day earlier, killing 12 people.
In a seperate hostage situations unfolding near Charles de Gaulle airport the brothers are holed up in a factory.
In Thursday’s attack, the gunman was wearing a bullet-proof vest and was carrying a pistol and an automatic rifle.
He opened fire and killed the trainee policewoman, named as Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 25. A street sweeper was seriously injured in the incident.
The shooting is being treated as a “terrorist act” by the French authorities.