PARIS (AFP) – A man who took two people hostage in central Paris was transferred to a psychiatric ward Wednesday, a day after the four-hour standoff in which he doused a woman in petrol and held a knife to her throat.
Police managed to free the woman and neither hostage was injured.
A police source said investigators believed the hostage-taker may have been “mentally unstable” and that his motivations remained unclear.
The suspect, who was lightly injured during his arrest, had “made very clear statements about the Iranian embassy and then the government,” another police source said.
In the most recent incident last month, one person was killed in a Saturday night knife attack in Paris.