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A representative of the national police told Reuters the hostage-taker had initially seized six people at the bank in the port of Le Havre, but subsequently released two of them.
The police representative said the hostage-taker was a 34-year-old man with a history of mental health problems. The man's weapon was a handgun, police said.
Police have cordoned off the area and are urging the public to stay clear of the bank on Boulevard de Strasbourg in the city centre, the local prefecture said.
Le Havre is a town of around 170,000 people on the English channel, about 200km north-west of Paris. The town's new mayor is Edouard Philippe, President Emmanuel Macron's former prime minister who resigned in early July.
In daring banks’ heist, which has all the ingredients for a perfect Hollywood thriller, robbers escaped law enforcers by strapping hostages to their getaway vehicles.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his tribute to the victims of the horrific Easter Sunday suicide bombings, saying “cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka.”
Police sources said two masked militants in a car attacked a joint party of local police and the CRPF in K.P.Road area of Anantnag.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, winners of the 20th edition of the Arab Journalism Award (AJA) were honoured on Sunday at a ceremony held at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Al Wasl Plaza.
Besting 73 teams with over 440 student participants from 10 countries, the University of Sharjah (UoS) successfully regained the coveted “rolling trophy” from the Nov. 23 and 24 “21st Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition” organised by the non-government organisation Emirates Environmental Group (EEG).
“The total number of retirees who are not of the local staff in the Emirate of Sharjah reached 9,866 retirees, including groups whose monthly income is less than Dhs17,500, so we must raise it to Dhs17,500,” Sheikh Sultan said.
The problem was the elite capture of resources which deprived the majority of proper healthcare, education and justice. Lack of rule of law is the reason why Pakistan had not achieved its potential,” Imran said in an exclusive online conversation with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.