Gunmen holding hostages, possibly children, in northern France


(JTA) — Police said gunmen fired shots near a school before taking hostages in the town of Roubaix.

Unconfirmed reports are circulating that children are among the hostages. There are also reports that a banker and his family have been targeted. The gunmen appeared to have no connection to the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamist militants in Paris but were probably robbers, police sources said, according to Reuters.

The neighborhood where the situation is occurring has been cordoned off, according to Reuters.

Belgian police are continuing to hunt for two suspects in the Nov. 13 attacks. Belgium has been the site of numerous raids in search of terrorists.

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