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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2011-07-07

Malaysian police ended a seven-hour siege with a machete-wielding man holding 30 children and teachers hostage at a kindergarten in Malaysia, local police said Thursday. All hostages were safe though the man is believed to have been injured.

AP - Malaysian police stormed a kindergarten and subdued a man who took some 30 children and teachers captive Thursday, ending a nearly seven-hour hostage drama.

District police officer Suhaimi Ahmad said all the hostages were safe. He said the man barged into the kindergarten in a residential area of southern Johor state early in the morning, sparking a standoff with police.

The Star newspaper said in its online edition that police shot tear gas before entering the school. It said the man was believed to have been injured.

It said the man earlier told negotiators to give him a gun or he would kill the children.
 

Date created : 2011-07-07

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