Police: Gunman briefly takes hostages in French post office

A man who had taken hostages in a post office surrenders to French officers.

Story highlights

  • Public radio: Gunman surrenders, hostages released uninjured
  • Man enters a post office in Colombes, which is just outside Paris
  • Police: The gunman may be mentally unstable

Paris (CNN)A man with a handgun entered a post office outside of Paris early Friday afternoon before reportedly surrendering and releasing his hostages unharmed.

The incident in Colombes, a community about 10 kilometers northwest of the French capital, began at about 12:45 p.m. (6:45 a.m. ET) and was over two hours later.
The gunman might be mentally unstable, according to police in Colombes.
    Police said that they don't know yet whether the incident is related to terrorism. This is a hot topic in France after last week's deadly attacks.
    A Western intelligence source said there could be as many as 20 terrorist sleeper cells of between 120 and 180 people ready to strike in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
    The gunman eventually surrendered and the hostages emerged with no injuries, according to France Bleu, which is part of the country's public broadcasting group.