LATEST: French police arrest post office hostage taker

Police have arrested a gunman who had taken hostages at a post office northwest of Paris, according to AFP.

The man, who had taken two hostages on Friday (Jan 16), surrendered and has been arrested, a police source said.

"There was no assault, the man gave himself up," the source said, adding that the hostages were "shocked but not injured".

Before the surrender, police sources told AFP that several post office clients had managed to escape and that the gunman himself had called them.

The sources said he was "speaking incoherently" and was heavily armed with grenades and Kalashnikovs.

Earlier, Reuters reported that BFM TV, citing an unidentified source, said the hostage taking was not related to last week’s attacks in Paris.

French police arrested 12 people earlier on Friday suspected of helping militant Islamist gunmen in last week’s killings in Paris.

There have been numerous false alerts across the city since the attacks.

- AFP, Reuters