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German police arrest hostage-taker and free two people at Bavarian townhall

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 00:54

Aug. 19 - German police arrested the man who took three people hostage in a townhall including the city's deputy mayor and a woman he allegedly stalked. Mana Rabiee reports.

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STORY: A hostage standoff in southern Germany comes to an end. Police say they've arrested the armed man who had taken three people hostage in this townhall in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt. The town's deputy mayor was among the three hostages and was released earlier in the day. One of the other two remaining hostages was a female employee, whom police say had been stalked by the hostage taker. Police spokesperson Hans-Peter Kammerer. (SOUNDBITE) (German) POLICE SPOKESPERSON NORTH BAVARIA, HANS-PETER KAMMERER, SAYING: "Just before 6 o'clock the hostage stand-off, which was going on since 9 o'clock this morning, ended without bloodshed. A special force unit stormed the crime scene. They succeeded in freeing the two remaining hostages unhurt. As I am informed at the moment, the hostage-taker has been lightly injured." Police say the suspect was known for harassing other townhall staff, and had recently been ordered to stay away from the townhall.

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German police arrest hostage-taker and free two people at Bavarian townhall

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 00:54