Reports of HOSTAGE situation at Montreal office of video game company Ubisoft
Police have swarmed Montreal’s Saint-Laurent Boulevard amid reports of a group of suspects holding hostages at a building complex where video game company Ubisoft has its Canada offices.
Dozens of Montreal Police (SPVM) officers were spotted in the area on Friday afternoon, including what looked like a tactical team. There were unconfirmed reports in local media of a ransom demand by the hostage-takers.
— Paul Desbaillets (@pauldesbaillets) November 13, 2020
It is unclear how many suspects might be involved, or how many hostages they have taken. A number of employees managed to escape to the roof of the building, where they have barricaded the door, according to video captured by news helicopters.
Breaking: A police operation is underway in Montreal, Canada.
Journal de Montreal is reporting that a possible hostage situation involving dozens of people is ongoing in the Ubisoft building. pic.twitter.com/qdxNRoTP3C
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) November 13, 2020
Ambulances and armored police vehicles have arrived on the scene. There are reports of several people trapped in a conference room inside the building.
SPVM reported that there have been no reports of injuries so far.
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) November 13, 2020
Ubisoft Montreal normally employs almost 4,000 people, but most of them are currently working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
this is insane. this is my team on the roof. pic.twitter.com/xT12NpTALF
— Eric Pope (@MrPope) November 13, 2020
Founded in 1997 as the Canadian subsidiary of the French video game giant, Ubisoft Montreal is behind such popular titles as ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’, the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series, ‘Far Cry’, and ‘Watch Dogs’.
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