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Reuters / Sergio Perez

Several people have been taken hostage by an unknown gunman at a post office in Colombes, a northwest suburb of Paris, French media reported.

The gunman is armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a gun and numerous grenades, French RTL radio reports. He may be holding from two to five people hostage, say police sources.

The hostages were seized at about [12:00] GMT when a man rushed into the post office with a weapon.

Negotiations with the assailant have started. Reports emerge that an unknown number of hostages has been released, but it remains unclear how many people are still inside.

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