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.

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Toulouse hostage crisis arrest

French police have arrested a man who took hostages in a bank in Toulouse on Wednesday. In March, an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman shot dead three soldiers, a rabbi and three Jewish children in the French city.