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Dozens of people have been taken hostage at a building containing video game company Ubisoft, foreign media reports.
Employees are said to be hiding under tables in a conference room at the office on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal, Canada.
A police operation is now under way, with armed officers surrounding the building.
Dozens of people have been recorded standing on the roof, and a ransom demand has reportedly been made.
One eyewitness tweeted: "Saw cops with guns drawn as people came out of a Ubisoft building with their hands up."
Several ambulances are standing by to provide treatment.
Sharing a grab of a local news report, Ubisoft employee Eric Pope tweeted: “This is insane. this is my team on the roof.”
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One woman told TVA Nouvelles that her partner is trapped inside the building.
She said: “I can’t reach him…I am worried seriously worried.”
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