A gunman who had taken two hostages at a post office near Paris has been arrested by police and the hostages have been freed, reports revealed. There have been no casualties reported in the town of Colombes, northwest of Paris, where the man possessing military weapons had taken the hostages, French media reported. Early reports have suggested no links to an extremist attack.
Reports stated that the man who was heavily armed with grenades and Kalashnikovs had called the police himself.
Earlier in the day French and German authorities arrested more than a dozen people with suspected links to the Islamic State group. Also, Belgian police in a raid against Islamist network suspected of planning imminent terror attacks killed two gunmen recently who reportedly had returned from Syria. Europe is now on high alert due to potential terrorist attacks after the Charlie Hebdo carnage.