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Montreal Police Evacuate Ubisoft Office Building After Hoax 911 Call

Police evacuated offices of French video game company Ubisoft in Montreal last Nov. 13 after receiving a hostage call that later turned out to be a hoax.

Police evacuated offices of French video game company Ubisoft in Montreal last Nov. 13 after receiving a hostage call that later turned out to be a hoax.

A 911 emergency call regarding a hostage situation sent the Montreal police to an office building that houses Ubisoft and other companies in the Mile End neighborhood.

The heavily armed police officers surrounded the building and blocked off the area near the corner of Avenue Saint-Viateur and Saint-Laurent.

Video footage from LCN news channel showed people gathered on the roof of the building with the doorways barricaded.

An employee told public broadcaster Radio-Canada that police led around 50 people to the rooftop terrace and barricaded the door.

Police also escorted a large number of people out of the front entrance of the building.

Police confirmed no injuries and no threats and has ended the hostage-taking operation. However, police added that an investigation to trace the caller will follow.

“The police operation in connection with a hostage taking call is over. No threat has been detected and no injuries are reported. An investigation will follow to shed light on the call behind this important police force deployment,” Montreal Police said in a statement.

“Following the reports of an incident in the studio earlier today, November 13, we are relieved to confirm that all of our team members in Ubisoft Montreal are safe and have been evacuated from the premises,” Ubisoft told The Washington Post in a statement.

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