Thursday, 7 July 2011

Hostage drama ends, kids unhurt




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.

Earlier Thursday, it was reported that a man with a hammer and believed to be mentally deranged has been holding about 30 kindergarten children hostage in Sg Abong here, since 9.30am Thursday.

He initially 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," Dr Lau 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 Serikids at around 2pm.

Crowds of people have gathered around the road. The suspect has locked all the doors of the bungalow.

Two ambulances are on standby outside the kindergarten.

Police officers have been negotiating with the suspect for hours.

There are still no reports of any children being harm or injured. The police have barricaded the area.

At 3.45pm, police shot teargas into the compound and entered the building.