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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.

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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. Credit: Reuters

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.

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