Friday, April 27, 2012

Hostage taker killed by police in South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal Durban Map
KwaZulu-Natal Durban Map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
JOHANNESBURG, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The hostage taker had been shot dead, and the trapped people were rescued at a hospital in Durban, South African media reported on Friday.

The suspected man was killed by police snipers after the man shot several people at a hospital in Durban, the newspaper City Press reported on its website, citing hospital authorities.

The man arrived at the hospital at about 07:30 a.m. by hijacking a taxi, and took a reception woman hostage.

A large contingent of police rushed to the scene to control the situation, and some snipers were positioning themselves at main points surrounding the hospital kitchen.

As the woman managed to escape, the man fired several shots, leaving a nurse and two others injured, according to the report.

The snipers opened fire to stop the suspect from shooting at innocent people.

The three injured persons are still receiving treatment at the hospital, and they are in a stable condition, said the hospital.

At noon, the access to the hospital is still blocked, and police are probing into the cause of the incident.

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