German soldiers assaulted by robbers

31st March 2008, Comments 0 comments

They were freed after a police shootout.

Santiago de Chile -- Nine German soldiers were assaulted and taken hostage by robbers in Chile Friday and freed after a shootout with Chilean police.

The soldiers, who were training the Chilean military in the use of 140 German-delivered tanks, were surprised by five people in their home in the small town of Iquique, 1,800 kilometers north of the capital Santiago de Chile.

The robbers tied up their captives and searched for valuables, but one of the soldiers managed to flee and call police, who surrounded the building.

Called on to surrender, the robbers reportedly responded by pushing the soldiers to the floor, threatening them and opening fire on police.

Officers managed to arrest four of the culprits after a prolonged shootout. A fifth man who fled was arrested later.

The Germans were taken to hospital with only minor injuries.

DPA with Expatica

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