TOULOUSE, France - A French police official says a man has taken hostages in a bank in the southern city of Toulouse and fired a shot.
A police union official told the Reuters news network that the man claims to be linked to al Qaeda.
official says no injuries have been reported so far. It is unclear how
many hostages are held, but reports suggested as many as four people,
possibly including the bank manager, were inside.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
neighborhood around the CIC bank is cordoned off. Toulouse was the site
of a rampage against a Jewish school in March that left four dead.
Police say the shooter was Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old who claimed allegiance to al Qaeda.
Footage of Siege 2 Months Ago:
bank branch where the hostage taker was holed up is very close to the
apartment block where Merah eventually fell to his death from a balcony
following a police raid by an elite squad known as the French National
Police Intervention Group (GIPN).
French media reported Wednesday that the bank hostage taker had asked for the GIPN to respond to the scene.