A major police operation was under way in Montreal on Friday afternoon at offices of French video game company Ubisoft that local media reported was a possible hostage-taking.
Police confirmed the large deployment on Twitter had started at about 1.30pm, but offered no details while urging people to “avoid the area” near St-Laurent Boulevard and St-Viateur Street in Montreal’s Mile-End neighbourhood, close to downtown.
Television images showed the streets around the old brick building cordoned off by heavily armed officers, and dozens of Ubisoft workers who appeared to have barricaded themselves on the rooftop.
“Police officers were dispatched to the scene to respond to a 911 call,” a police spokesperson told AFP.
“The information has still not been validated,” the official said, adding that “officers specializing in this type of intervention are currently on the scene and are carrying out checks”.
“No injuries were reported.”
More details soon …