A 31-year old man, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and grenades, took two hostages at a post office northwest of Paris in the city of Colombes earlier today. He eventually surrendered and hostages were “shocked but not injured,” and apparently this hostage situation, unlike the Charlie Hebdo one, was not terrorism-related at all.
This man took the people captive, then called the police and spoke of “heartbreak.” While making negotiations with the police, he was speaking incoherently. Once he surrendered, police deemed him to be “unbalanced,” mentally unstable, depressed, and on medication with “romantic problems.” He was known to police as a petty crime suspect.
The hostages were “shocked but not injured” and there was no bloodshed.
France has been on the edge for the past week, after the Charlie Hebdo attacks occurred. Several false alarms have been raised and police have detained 12 people that may have had connections with last week’s world-rattling events.