Paris grocery hostage-taking: Several hostages freed at Jewish store - AFP

Members of the French special police forces launch the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of the French special police forces launch the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Smoke is seen at left as French police special forces launch their assault at a kosher supermarket (seen at rear) where several people were taken hostage near the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris Jan 9, 2015, following Wednesday's deadly attack at
Smoke is seen at left as French police special forces launch their assault at a kosher supermarket (seen at rear) where several people were taken hostage near the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris Jan 9, 2015, following Wednesday's deadly attack at the Paris offices of weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by two masked gunmen who shouted Islamist slogans. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the French police special forces launch the assault and evacuate the hostages at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of the French police special forces launch the assault and evacuate the hostages at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan 9, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Several hostages were freed after French commandos stormed a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris where an assailant was holed up on Friday.

After several explosions, police stormed the shop in Portes de Vincennes and everal hostages exited the store shortly afterwards and were taken to safety.

The hostage-taker is said to have been "neutralised".

Reports have quoted police as saying that four hostages at the supermarket are dead.