Police say that a group of gunmen have broken into a store in a suburban Paris shopping center and 10 people are trapped inside.

Special police units are surrounding the Primark store in the town of Villeneuve-la-Garenne, according to a Paris regional police official. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

The official said the assailants were trying to rob the store and entered around 6:30 a.m. (0430GMT). The official said it was unclear whether the 10 people trapped inside are being held hostage or are hiding from the gunmen.