Prison scissors standoff ends without casualties
4 April 2005, NAUMBURG - Police commandos stormed part of a prison early on Monday to end a hostage standoff in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
4 April 2005
NAUMBURG - Police commandos stormed part of a prison early on Monday to end a hostage standoff in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt.
Two guards who had been held for nearly nine hours were unhurt, as were two convicted criminals who had taken the hostages using scissors, senior public prosecutor Hans-Juergen Neufang said.
The inmates, each serving multi-year sentences for violent crimes, took three guards hostage on Sunday afternoon at the prison in Naumburg, about 50 kilometres west of Leipzig. One guard was able to escape early in the drama.
The two convicts, aged 37 and 44, were both German. They had sought to negotiate their own freedom during hours of negotiations by telephone with authorities, according to a spokeswoman for the Saxony-Anhalt Justice Ministry.
Neufang said that prosecutors would investigate the incident to determine how the inmates obtained scissors.
The penitentiary, which holds up to 400 inmates mostly serving long sentences, stands in the middle of Naumburg, a city of about 30,000 in the former East Germany.
Four years ago, a similar hostage incident was ended without casualties. An 34-year-old convicted murderer took a nurse hostage, holding her for four hours with a scalpel and knife. The inmate was later convicted of abduction and sexual abuse and sentenced to an additional eight years in prison.
Subject: German news