JOHOR BAHRU -- KANAK-KANAK TEBUSAN.. Asap keluar daripada pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Taman Sungai Abong Cemerlang ketika Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) Bukit Aman menyerbu masuk bagi menahan seorang suspek yang dipercayai menahan 30 kanak-kanak dan empat guru wanita sebagai tebusan di pusat asuhan di Taman Sungai Abong, Jalan Sakeh.-- fotoBERNAMA (2011)
Semua tebusan di tadika selamat
Lelaki bersenjata parang yang menjadikan mereka sebagai tebusan sejak pagi tadi dilaporkan parah akibat ditembak di kepala.
MUAR: Police have freed 30 kindergarten children who were being held hostage by man with a hammer since Thursday morning, after shooting teargas into the kindergarten compound and entering the building in Sg Abong here.
The man is believed to have been hurt.
The children have been taken to the hospital for a check up.
'Children safe' after siege at Malaysian kindergarten
Some 30 children and their teachers have been freed unharmed after being held hostage for several hours at their kindergarten in Malaysia.
Police used tear gas before storming the compound in a suburb of Muar town in Johor state.
The hostage-taker, reportedly armed with a hammer and machete, died later in hospital after being shot in the head, police said.
A similar incident last year led to schools being given safety advice.
"We have ended the hostage taking. The children and teachers are safe. The hostage-taker armed with a hammer and machete has been taken to a local hospital," one police officer told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.
Johor deputy police chief Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman later said that the 40-year-old hostage-taker, who was in a critical condition with a head wound, had died.Gun request
According to the newspaper, police shot tear gas before entering the building at around 1545 (0745 GMT).
It followed several hours of negotiations with the hostage-taker, while heavily-armed troops from the elite Special Actions Forces and ambulances stood nearby.
Early in the negotiations, the man - reported by local media to be mentally unstable - had threatened to kill the children if he was not given a gun, and had also asked for some food, the newspaper reported.
At one point the children were heard singing in what was believed to be an attempt to calm the man, Bernama news agency reported.
The father of a five-year-old told AFP that he was informed of the incident at about 1000 and was told the man was armed with both a hammer and a knife.
Anxious parents gathered around the police cordon as negotiations with the hostage-taker continued.
Last year a man barged into a kindergarten in the same district with a hammer and attacked three children.
Malaysia: Children held hostage at Johor kindergarten
Some 30 children and their teachers have been taken hostage at a kindergarten in the southern Malaysian state of Johor, police there say.
They have cordoned off the area and are negotiating with the hostage-taker.
He is reported to be armed with a hammer and a machete and to have moved the children and their teachers to the top of the two-floor building.
The Star newspaper reported that the man had told negotiators to give him a gun or he would kill the children.
He is believed to have entered the pre-school in a suburb of Muar town soon after the day had begun.
"We are still negotiating with the man to release the kindergarten children. He is holding about 30 children," local police chief Mohammad Nasir Ramli told the AFP news agency.
The father of one of the children told the AFP that he was informed of the incident at about 1000 (0200 GMT) and was told the man was armed with both a hammer and a knife.
"My five-year-old son is being held hostage. I am worried for his safety," he said.
Lelaki tahan murid tadika minta pistolMUAR : Sehingga jam 3 petang tadi, polis masih berusaha memujuk seorang lelaki bersenjata parang yang menjadikan empat guru dan kira-kira 30 murid Tadika Serikids di Taman Sungai Abong Cemerlang di sini sebagai tebusan sejak pagi tadi.
Dua wanita dipercayai saudara suspek turut berada di tempat kejadian bagi memujuk beliau melepaskan mangsa dan menyerah diri.Difahamkan antara tuntutan lelaki berusia 30-an itu ialah supaya diberikan sepucuk pistol automatik.
Hammer-wielding man holding 30 kindie kids hostage in Muar (UPDATE)
MUAR: A man with a hammer is holding about 30 kindergarten children hostage in Sg Abong here.
He told police negotiators to give him a gun or he would kill the kids.
However, after local psychiatrist Dr Lau Keen Lee spoke to the man from outside of the double-storey bungalow, he appeared to calm down.
"He is hungry now and wants some food," he said, adding that the man and the children were on the second floor.
While someone went to get the food, two Special Actions Forces (UTK) trucks rolled into the compound.
Meanwhile, Muar traffic police chief ASP Suhaimi Ahmad told anxious parents and members of the media to wait outside the compound of the bungalow.
He said that too many people milling about the compound might spook the man.
Meanwhile, UTK blocked the road leading to Pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Seri Kids at around 2pm.
Crowds of people have gathered around the road. The suspect has locked all the doors in the two-storey bungalow.
Two ambulances are on standby outside the kindergarten.
Several police officers have been negotiating with the suspect.
There are still no reports of any children being harm or injured. The police have barricade the area.
More to come:
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say a man wielding a machete and a hammer is holding 30 children and teachers hostage at a kindergarten.
District police officer Suhaimi Ahmad says the man barged into the kindergarten in southern Johor state early Thursday. He says police have cordoned off the area and are negotiating with the man.
The New Straits Times newspaper says at least one child has died. The Star says the man told negotiators to give him a gun or he would kill the children.
Man holds kindergarten kids, teachers hostageMUAR: A mentally-deranged hammer-wielding man is holding about 30 kids and 3 teachers hostage in Sg Abong, Muar.
At least one kid may have been injured and died. Police have cordoned the area and now negotiating for the children’s release.
The man, believed to be the same man in a similar case in Muar previously, barged into the Seri Kids kindergarten sometime after 9 am.
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However, it is too early to confirm any casualties as the police are still in negotiations with the man.