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Gunmen take hostages in northern French town of Roubaix

Police say the incident is not terrorism-related.

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Fred Lambert
Gunmen took hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix on Nov. 24, 2015, according to reports. Police say the incident is not related to terrorism. Google Maps image
Gunmen took hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix on Nov. 24, 2015, according to reports. Police say the incident is not related to terrorism. Google Maps image

ROUBAIX, France, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Gunmen have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, according to reports.

The situation is not related to terrorism, the Independent quoted senior police officials as saying.

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Witnesses said they heard gunshots in the area, which has been closed off by police, according to the BBC.

Local media reports suggested the incident may have been an attempted robbery gone wrong.

Roubaix is located near the border with Belgium, which has been on high alert after at least 130 people were killed during Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

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