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A man (R), who had taken two hostages in a post office, is arrested by French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police in France responded to yet another hostage situation Friday in a suburb outside Paris, though police say it doesn't appear terror-related.
A man, who had taken two hostages in a post office, takes off his clothes as he surrenders to French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French policemen stands near the post office (Background, yellow sign) where an armed man holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen enter a post office where an armed man was holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man, who had taken two hostages in a post office, surrenders to French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers enter a post office after an armed man, who was holed up with two hostages, has surrender on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man, who had taken two hostages in a post office, surrenders to French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (L), who had taken two hostages in a post office, surrenders to French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (L), who had taken two hostages in a post office, is arrested by French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (bottom), who had taken two hostages in a post office, is arrected by French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (L), who had taken two hostages in a post office, surrenders to French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (L), who had taken two hostages in a post office, surrenders to French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (bottom), who had taken two hostages in a post office, is arrected by French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (C), who had taken two hostages in a post office, is arrected by French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (L), who had taken two hostages in a post office, surrenders to French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French policemen stands near the post office (Background, yellow sign) where an armed man holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers prepare near the post office where an armed man holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers prepare near the post office where an armed man holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers stand guard near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers prepare near the post office where an armed man holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers prepare near the post office where an armed man is holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers prepare near the post office where an armed man holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) policemen officers prepare near the post office where an armed man holed up with two hostages, on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris, though there is no known link with last week's jihadist attacks. Police cordoned off the area in Colombes, a city northwest of Paris, and a helicopter was flying overhead. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) police officers stand in position after an armed man holed up with two hostages in a post office on January 16, 2015 in Colombes, outside Paris. Police sources said 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. The French capital is still jittery after a series of attacks last week by Islamist gunmen left 17 people dead. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reuters) - An armed man who earlier took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris on Friday has surrendered with no one hurt, a French police official told Reuters.

The man equipped with a military weapon took an unconfirmed number of hostages at the post office in the town of Colombes, just outside the capital.

"I cannot confirm or deny whether it is linked to terrorism," an official at the city prosecutor's office told Reuters earlier, declining to give further details.

BFM TV, citing an unidentified source, said the hostage drama 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. (Reporting by Chine labbe and Gerard Bon; writing by John Irish and Brian Love; editing by Mark John and Andrew Callus)

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