Man still at large after hostage drama

25th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2006, BRUSSELS — A man is still at large after taking two women hostage at an office of the Flemish jobs agency VDAB in Sint-Niklaas on Monday night.

25 July 2006

BRUSSELS — A man is still at large after taking two women hostage at an office of the Flemish jobs agency VDAB in Sint-Niklaas on Monday night.

The armed man stormed the office in the Stationsstraat at about 7.30pm and demanded money.

At the time, the office was closed and only two cleaning ladies were on the premises, news agency Belga reported.

The women were unable to leave the building, but were able to hide on the first floor where they had regular contact with police. 

It was unclear, however, whether the man was still in the building.

A special intervention police team was called in because the women heard suspicious noises.

The police team arrived at the scene at about 9.30pm and the vicinity around the Stationsstraat, Grote Markt and Houtbriel was then sealed off.

At 10.30pm, police stormed the building and found the two women unharmed. They were in shock and placed under the care of victim assistance officers.

Police continued to search for the culprit, but failed to find any trace of the man. The search was called off at midnight.

The VDAB office is situated in a large building and it's possible the man exited the building via a different route.

The Dendermonde public prosecution office was due to give more details about the case on Tuesday morning.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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