PARIS — Ten Kurds with fake grenades took eight hostages Monday at an Iraqi Airways office in central Paris, then surrendered to police after a brief protest against an Iraqi offensive in an area they call their homeland, police said. No injuries were reported.
Wearing red bandannas and waving their fists, the Kurds were escorted out of the airline offices on the fashionable Champs-Elysees and into a bus that roared away to police headquarters, a dozen police motorcycles trailing behind.
The incident lasted a little over an hour and snarled rush-hour traffic on the Champs-Elysees and in the busy intersection around the Arc de Triomphe.
Police said the 10 Kurds drove to the airline's offices just after 5 p.m. in two cars. They entered the offices, took eight hostages and threatened to detonate hand grenades.