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Primark sign at mall in northern France

Eighteen hostages held hostage in Paris early Monday for nearly five hours have been freed, according to Infos140. The armed men who took them captive have — for the moment — disappeared, the news service reported.

The employees were held hostage by two or three gunmen inside a store at the Primark mall in Villeneuve-la-Garenne in northern Paris.

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“Around 6:30 am two or three armed criminals went into the Primark mall for what we think was initially an attempt at armed robbery,” a police source told the Australian Herald Sun.

A store employee sent a text to her boyfriend at around 7 am, telling him she and others were taken hostage by two armed men, according to Le Figaro, a French newspaper. All of the hostages were store employees, according to the AFP news agency.

Police blocked off access to the area and an elite special forces unit was deployed to the scene. The gunmen made no demands and no injuries were reported.

Numerous members on the Twitter social media site posted a flurry of scornful tweets, as one pointed out: “People still talking about robbery in #paris #primark in the morning?!! what the heck?!! something to hide?”

The motivation behind the entire incident is still not clear. Police are searching for the gunmen and an investigation has been launched.

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  1. French special forces are hunting three gunmen who took 18 hostages at a Primark store in Paris.

    The gunmen entered the Primark store in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, northwest of the French capital, at 6.30am local time, sources said.

    According to Le Figaro, quoting a police source, a Primark employee sent a text message to a friend at 7am saying he was being held hostage by two armed men.

    Special police units surrounded the clothes store, police said. Shutters at other stores in the precinct remained closed.

    Le Parisien newspaper said that up to 18 hostages had been held.

    It is understood all have been released but the gunmen are at large.

    The paper quoted witnesses who said people ran near the store screaming: “They are armed, they are armed.”

    “Around 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two or three armed criminals went into the Primark store for what we think was initially an attempt at armed robbery,” a police source said.

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