Hostages in Primark store in Paris are free


Gunmen raided a branch of the Irish fashion chain Primark near Paris. The eighteen hostages were freed in the meantime, the perpetrators are volatile. One hostage was previously sending an SMS.

Armed near Paris have a branch of the Irish fashion chain Primark invaded and triggered a large-scale operation of the police. Probably three assailants attacked the business in a shopping center in the Paris suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne, police said early Monday. It is understood from a robbery attempt.

18 employees would have then “scared” hidden in a canteen of the shopping center. They were taken in the morning by officers from the elite Raid in safety, there were no casualties.

Rescue thanks to SMS

It was not clear at first whether the attackers were still at the mall or had already fled. “The search for the three criminals goes on,” said a police officer.

The armed offenders allegedly entered around 6:30 clock in the morning in the business, so a police source. One of the employees had been able to send a text message to a friend about seven clock and reported to him the attack with two gunmen. It was unclear, however, whether it is actually in the meantime gave hostages.