VIDEO UPDATE: Third Hostage Situation Now Underway in Paris After Terror Suspects Killed in First Two

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10:25 a.m. Update

A police officer says two hostages are being held by a gunman in a jewelry store in the southern French city of Montpellier.

The officer, who could not be named speaking about an ongoing situation, said the attacker has locked himself inside the downtown shop, with police ready to intervene outside.

He said it is unclear whether the hostage-taking is related to the massacre Wednesday in Paris at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

Another gunman who took at least five hostages Friday afternoon at a kosher grocery in Paris also died in a nearly simultaneous raid there, said Gael Fabiano of the UNSA police union.

Moments later, several people were seen being led out of the Porte de Vincennes grocery store but security forces could still be seen moving around. It was not clear exactly how many hostages had been at the store or how many were freed.

8:52 a.m. Update

9:22 a.m. Update

Two al-Qaida-linked brothers suspected of slaying 12 people at a Paris newspaper came out with guns blazing Friday, prompting an assault on the printing plant where they had been hold up with a hostage, a French police official said. They were killed and their hostage was freed, authorities said.

Another gunman who took at least five hostages Friday afternoon at a kosher grocery in Paris also died in a nearly simultaneous raid there, said Gael Fabiano of the UNSA police union.

Moments later, several people were seen being led out of the Porte de Vincennes grocery store but security forces could still be seen moving around. It was not clear exactly how many hostages had been at the store or how many were freed.

8:52 a.m. Update

Freed hostages can be seen leaving the French Kosher Market where a standoff ended earlier this hour. The BBC reports the hostage takers inside the market are dead. CNN says there are also injuries involving members of the French SWAT team that conducted the raid.

8:29 a.m. Update

Suspects in Charlie Hebdo massacre killed, hostage freed.

8:24 a.m. Update

Three ambulances seen racing towards Parisian Kosher Market minutes after authorities assault hostage takers.

8:13 a.m. Update

Witnesses report several large explosions at the Kosher Market where a suspect in the shooting of a French policewoman are holed up. Gunfire can also be heard in the area. That comes just minutes after an assault on another location where two brothers wanted in the attack on a French satirical newspaper were holding a hostage.

8:02 a.m. Update

Flashbang grenades are going off at the scene of the first hostage standoff where the brothers wanted in the attack on the French satirical newspaper are holed up. Witnesses report hearing gunfire

7:29 a.m. Update

Police say the gunman who held up in a Kosher Market in Paris holding six hostages is demanding the freedom of two brothers wanted in the attack on the satirical newspaper.

7:15 a.m. Update

A Yemeni security official says Said Kouachi, one of the brothers involved in the deadly attack against a Paris newspaper, is suspected of having fought for al-Qaida in the country.

Another senior security official says Kouachi was in Yemen until 2012.

Both officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation into Kouachi’s stay in Yemen.

Kouachi is suspected of joining the militants at the time when Yemen’s al-Qaida branch overran entire parts of the south amid the turmoil that engulfed the country during its Arab Spring uprising.

Many foreign students studying Arabic in Yemen were suspected of linking up with militants and were later deported. One of the officials says Kouachi was likely among a group of foreigners deported from Yemen in 2012.

7:01 a.m. Update 

CNN is reporting there are as many as six hostages inside a Kosher shop where  a man and a woman wanted in the shooting of a French policewoman.  Two people are reportedly dead at that scene.

6:55 a.m. Update: 

Police have ordered all shops closed in a famed Jewish neighborhood in central Paris, far from the two developing hostage situations.

The mayor’s office in Paris announced the closures Friday of shops along the Rosiers street in Paris’ Marais neighborhood, in the heart of the tourist district and about a kilometer away from the offices of newspaper Charlie Hebdo where 12 people were killed on Wednesday.

Hours before the Jewish Sabbath, the street is usually especially crowded with shoppers — French Jews and tourists alike.

Dammartin-en-Goele, France (KRON, CNN, and AP) — Several news organizations are now reporting that two people are dead after shots rang out at an armed standoff at a Kosher Market involving one of two sets of terror suspects in France.

French authorities waged two intense standoffs with gunmen in and around Paris early Friday afternoon — one involving the two brothers wanted in the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the other a hostage situation at a kosher grocery store near eastern Paris’ Porte de Vincennes.

A police official says the man who has taken at least five people hostage in a kosher market in Paris appears linked to the newsroom massacre earlier this week that left 12 people dead.

The official, who was not authorized to speak about the situation, said the man opened fire in the market Friday and declared “you know who I am.”

Paris police released a photo of Amedy Coulibaly as a suspect in the killing Thursday of a policewoman, and the official named him as the man holed up in the market. He said some hostages have been gravely wounded.

He said a second suspect, a woman named Hayet Boumddiene, is the gunman’s accomplice.

The hostage situation spurred police anti-terror units and the French internal security directorate, known as the DGSI, to race to the scene in eastern Paris, the city’s prosecutor’s office said. Hostages were taken after a shooting there or nearby.

CNN affiliate France 2 aired live video of police tactical teams getting into position at the scene of the standoff.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officers had also surrounded a building about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast in the town Dammartin-en-Goele.

 Authorities have expressed a high degree of certainty that they have surrounded the Kouachi brothers — the suspects in Wednesday’s killing of 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — in Dammartin-en-Goele, which is northeast of Paris and a few miles from Charles de Gaulle Airport. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henri Brandet tweeted that it’s not confirmed whether or not the brothers are holding anyone hostage.

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