UPDATE ONE: The building where Ubisoft Montreal’s offices are based is currently being evacuated by Montreal Police, with no injuries reported and no threat identified.
The Police Montreal Twitter posted: “No threat has been identified for now. We are currently evacuating the building. #SPVM”.
While earlier they tweeted: “Officers have been sent to the location following a 911 call. Specialized #SPVM officers are on site inspecting the premises. There are no injuries reported.”
ORIGINAL: A major police operation is currently underway at the premises of Ubisoft’s Canadian HQ, which is based on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal.
Pictures taken from the scene have shown a large crowd of people gathered on the roof of the building while Montreal Police are advising people to stay clear of the area.
The deployment of armed police comes amid unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation unfolding.
On Twitter the Police Montreal account posted: “There is an ongoing police operation at the corner of Saint-Laurent and St-Viateur. We ask people to avoid the area. The #SPVM is currently validating information and more details will follow.”
Dan Spector, a reporter with Global Montreal, is reporting from the area and on Twitter said an armoured vehicle is on site with more and more police arriving.
Spector tweeted: “More and more police arriving at Ubisoft building. A small bus full of officers just came through. There’s a heavy, armed vehicle on site too. Crowd of onlookers has assembled.”
Elsewhere, Le Journal De Montreal said the police operation begun around 1.30pm local time at the corner of Avenue Saint-Viateur which is in the Mile-End district.
Pictures seen by the website show a large security perimeter in the area with a number of officers at the scene.
While footage recorded by the helicopter of the TVA Nouvelles network show dozens of people on the roof of the building, with the door leading to the rooftop terrace barricaded with a chair.
Ubisoft Montreal is one of the businesses located in the office block along with other firms.
Ubisoft have said they are aware of the situation and are working with local authorities, according to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.
Schreier tweeted: “Clearly something scary happening at Ubisoft Montreal, but be wary of misinformation on Twitter.
“Employees tell Bloomberg they’ve received security instructions but don’t know what happened. Ubisoft PR says: ‘We are aware of the situation and working with local authorities.'”
While Valerie Plante, the mayor of Montreal, tweeted: “My team is in close communication with the @SPVM and we are monitoring the situation closely. We invite Montrealers to avoid the Mile-End sector.”
More to follow…