9:46 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Toulouse hostage taker 'not linked to al-Qaeda'
French prosecutors have dismissed any al-Qaeda connections to the gunman who took four people hostage in a bank in Toulouse today.
Prosecutor Michael Valet said the suspect, who claimed he was acting for religious reasons, had confused religious views:
We are dealing with someone who is suffering from a significant psychological disorder and that his actions are linked to that disorder.
We have an end that is as favourable as we could hope for, the four hostages were freed safe and sound, the hostage-taker is wounded, hospitalised in a Toulouse hospital at the moment.
His condition is not critical.
4:05 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
French police detain Toulouse hostage taker
French police have arrested a man who took hostages in a bank in the southwestern French city of Toulouse, two police sources said.
The man, who had claimed to be a member of al Qaeda, was arrested after police launched an assault in which he was injured.
3:46 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Two hostages released by man 'known to police for petty offences'
Police block the street at the scene where a man claiming to be a member of al Qaeda took four hostages in a bank in Toulouse.
The man, known to police for a record of petty offences and psychological problems, has released two female hostages after receiving food and water this afternoon, police sources told Reuters.
"The man has made clear that he is not acting for money, but for religious reasons. He want us to make that message clear," Prosecutor Michel Valet told reporters.
3:00 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Report: Second hostage released from French bank
French police said that a second hostage has been released from the bank in Toulouse where a gunman seized four people, according to
2:55 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Report: Toulouse gunman 'mentally ill'
The Daily Telegraph's Paris Correspondent Henry Samuel has tweeted:
2:53 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
AP: Gunman acting out of 'religious conviction'
A self-proclaimed al-Qaeda gunman who is holding hostages in a bank in Toulouse is acting out of "religious conviction", a prosecutor has told the Associated Press.
2:03 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Report: 'Al-Qaeda militant' releases hostage in France
A self-proclaimed al-Qaeda militant who seized four people in a bank in Toulouse, France, has released one of the hostages, French police have told
Officials said the man demanded money from the bank but when they refused, he fired a shot and hostages were taken.
12:49 pm, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Report: French elite police unit arrive at hostage situation in Toulouse
A French elite police unit has arrived at a bank in Toulouse to begin talks with a self-proclaimed al-Qaeda militant who is holding several hostages, according to
10:41 am, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Sources: Shot fired in French hostage situation
A man claiming to be an al-Qaeda militant, who has taken hostages in a French bank, has fired a shot and could be holding up to four people, according to sources.
In March, an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman shot dead three soldiers, a rabbi and three Jewish children in Toulouse. The man was later shot dead by police after a standoff at his home in the city.
10:38 am, Wed 20 Jun 2012
Al-Qaeda militant takes hostages in French bank
A man claiming to be a member of al-Qaeda has taken several hostages in a bank in the south-western French city of Toulouse, a police union source said.