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Police move in; Paris captives OK

Police move in; Paris captives OK

PARIS -- A four-hour hostage standoff in central Paris ended with police moving in, arresting the suspect and freeing those held, France's interior minister announced late Tuesday.

The Paris prosecutor's office detained the suspect, a 26-year-old man born in Morocco, a judicial official said. It was not immediately clear if he had French nationality.

The man is being investigated on multiple counts, including kidnapping and sequestration, attempted homicide and violence with a weapon, the official said.

Two hostages were freed, one who reportedly had been doused with gasoline and threatened by the hostage-taker with being set on fire, French TV news stations BFM-TV and CNews reported.

5 Afghan officers die in bomb attack

KABUL, Afghanistan -- At least five policemen were killed by a suicide bomber using a military Humvee in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, an official said Tuesday.

Arif Noori, the governor's spokesman in Ghazni, said 26 others, including a district governor and 18 police officers, were wounded in the attack in Muqar district. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Humvee was taken earlier from Afghan forces by Taliban fighters in a separate attack, Noori said.

Also on Tuesday, the Islamic State militant group in a statement claimed responsibility for an attack carried out Monday outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in the capital, Kabul, as employees were leaving work, killing 12 people. Afghan officials said more than 30 others were wounded.

Meanwhile, a provincial official said Taliban insurgents took control of a district headquarters in northern Faryab province late Monday.

Javed Bedar, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Abdul Rahman Falah, the Kohistan district governor, was killed in the attack.

West Bank homes of settlers emptied

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police on Tuesday evicted Jewish settlers from 15 homes built illegally on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Police said some 500 protesters demonstrated against the eviction, with some throwing stones and bottles at police and several dozen barricading themselves in one house. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said six officers were wounded in the scuffles and that police arrested three protesters.

Protesters opposed to the move also blocked the entrance to Jerusalem, snarling traffic.

After the eviction, Israeli forces are expected to demolish the structures in the Netiv HaAvot unauthorized outpost.

Israel's Supreme Court ordered the eviction in 2016, saying the homes were illegally built on private Palestinian land.

-- Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

A Section on 06/13/2018

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