France has been rocked by a fresh hostage situation after the hunt for the Charlie Hebdo gunmen developed into a siege.
Said and Cherif Kouachi are holed up in an industrial estate with a hostage in a town around 25 miles from Paris following a car chase during which heavy gunfire was reported.
Now multiple reports have emerged of a shoot-out in Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris.
BREAKING: Paris prosecutor: Gunman with hostages in kosher market in eastern Paris; police SWAT on scene.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 9, 2015
There were suggestions that there may be as many as five hostages said to have been taken at a kosher supermarket and the area has been evacuated by armed police.
The supermarket in question was named in reports as the Hypercacher Vincennes.
A Twitter user called David who said he was in a restaurant near the scene at Porte de Vincennes reported hearing gunshots.
He wrote: “Everyone is under the tables. The atmosphere is changing between nervous laughter and the first signs of stress.”
He posted images of armed officers crouched at the side of a car, with the message: “Facing hypercasher.”
— Routeur News (@RouteurNews) January 9, 2015
It also emerged today that authorities believe there is a link between the brothers and the suspected perpetrator of a shooting yesterday in the Parisian suburb of Montrouge in which a female police officer was killed.