UPDATED: Police evacuated people from the Ubisoft building in Montreal, where the hostage situation turned out to be false. The reason was a false phone call to the police.
Dozens of people were reportedly taken hostage at the Ubisoft company building in Montreal, Canada, local media reported on November 13.
Dozens of people were on the roof of the building that is situated on Boulevard Saint Laurent in Montreal. The images taken via a helicopter show that the employees barricaded the door giving access to the terrace. More people were allegedly closed inside the building.
Special Forces worked on the spot. The images from the ares show a large number of police officers, a truck of the City of Montreal Police Service tactical group that arrived on site around 2:30 p.m.
Those gathered on the roof of the Ubisoft office were allegedly the ones who managed to escape the attackers. However, no threat was confirmed.
What we know so far about the police operation near Ubisoft:
-police haven't confirmed what the threat is
-one employee said Ubisoft sent a memo asking staffers to barricade themselves and stay quiet
-a SWAT truck is on the scene
-no injuries reportedhttps://t.co/u1WQL57oqR
— CTV Montreal (@CTVMontreal) November 13, 2020
Ubisoft Entertainment is a French company that is specialized in the development of computer games. There are also offices of other companies in the building.
Moreover, an attack took place in Canada on Halloween night. A young man in medieval clothes and armed with a sword killed two people and injured five others in the historic center of Quebec before being arrested. In particular, the attack took place in the district of the Château Frontenac, a tourist hot spot in the capital of the French-speaking Canadian province, according to the police. The attacker was a 24-years old Canadian.
Taking into account the terrorist threat in Europe, the growing insecurity in Canada may be connected with the recent claims made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mr Trudeau expressed Canada’s solidarity with the French following the attacks in Nice, Lyon and Paris.
“Freedom of expression is not without limits”, he said commenting on the right to show a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.
Montreal and Quebec are two largest french-speaking cities of Canada.
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