Four hostages have been killed, according to reports, as at least five people including a six-month-old baby were held in a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris today, in a siege linked to the Charlie Hebdo shootings that ended today.
Israeli news is carrying a live interview with a woman whose niece is one of the hostages in #Paris. Niece is inside with a 6-month-old baby— Debra Kamin (@debra_kamin) January 9, 2015
The hostages were believed to be held by Amedy Coulibaly, the same gunman involved in the killing of a female police officer in the city on Thursday, AFP reports.
Police say he screamed "You know who I am" as he stormed the Hypercasher Vincennes Jewish shop.
A shoot-out took place near the supermarket in Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris, where hostages are now said to have been taken. The area has been evacuated by armed police and a major siege developed.
The hostage-taker in this incident may be the same man who shot and killed policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe in the French capital on Thursday.
French police have released mugshots of a man, Amedy Coulibaly, and a woman, Hayat Boumeddiene, sought in connection with Thursday's attack on a policewoman.
Coulibaly is believed to have been the kosher supermarket hostage taker, while the woman is his ex-partner according to Le Monde.
The attack is believed to be linked to the atrocities at Charlie Hebdo magazine, when 12 people were murdered by gunmen who still at large.
The chief Charlie Hebdo suspects Said and Cherif Kouachi are surrounded in an industrial estate, in a second major siege with a hostage in Dammartin-en-Goële, a town around 25 miles from Paris. They have been located following a car chase during which heavy gunfire was reported.
Sky News reported that the delicatessen hostage taker was dressed in black in a similar fashion to the three Charlie Hebdo gunmen.