May 24, 2013
French police arrest hostage taker in Toulouse
French police have arrested a man who took hostages in a bank in the southwestern French city of Toulouse today, two police sources said.
The man, who had claimed to be a member of al Qaeda, was arrested after police launched an assault in which he was injured.
The man took the hostages, who included the bank manager, in a branch of French bank CIC around mid-morning and fired a shot after an attempted armed robbery apparently went wrong, UNSA police union official Cedric Delage said.Toulouse, a university town which does not have a reputation as a hotbed of religious or militant tension, has been hit in recent weeks with a number of short-lived hostage situations, including a drama last week at a local weather forecasting office, but none resulted in casualties.
Anti-terrorist police brought in from the nearby cities of Bordeaux and Marseille were at the scene and the area was sealed off.A bomb disposal team was also sent after the man told them he had explosives.