Police kill gunman in post office hostage-taking

15th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

LIMAY, France, Sept 14, 2006 (AFP) - A French police commando on Thursday shot dead a 25-year-old man who was holding five people hostage at gunpoint in a post office west of Paris, local officials said.

LIMAY, France, Sept 14, 2006 (AFP) - A French police commando on Thursday shot dead a 25-year-old man who was holding five people hostage at gunpoint in a post office west of Paris, local officials said.

The 25-year-old, who was drugged and carrying two loaded guns, was seriously injured in the operation to free the hostages — staff and customers — and later died of his injuries, the regional prefect's office said.

The hostages were released at around 7pm following a more than three-hour ordeal.

Their captor had fired twice towards the nearby police station as well as a warning shot inside the building in Limay, in the western suburbs of the capital, though no injuries were reported.

The mayor of Limay, Jacques Saint-Amaux, told French radio RTL that the man had attempted a hold up.

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Subject: French news

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