Argentine bank robbers release hostages

09:21, July 23, 2010      

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The robber (2nd R) surrenders to police after taking 30 hostages for 5 hours at a branch of the Bank of the Nation in Pilar in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, July 22, 2010. All the hostages were released unharmed. (Xinhua Photo)

After a seven-hour standoff, two robbers who took over 30 hostages at a bank in the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires on Thursday released the hostages and surrendered to the police.

The criminal suspects turned themselves in after one of them, believed to be the leader, talked to his wife as he had requested. The hostage situation emerged after a failed robbery attempt on the Banco de la Nacion Argentina, or the Argentina Nation Bank.

The release of the hostages was done without violence.

The bank robbery involved a total of five suspects, and three of them managed to escape during a shootout with local police.

The remaining two held the bank staff and clients as hostages, and once threatened to detonate a bomb in the bank if the police would storm in.

Police negotiators finally persuaded the suspects to release the hostages and surrender at about 4:38 p.m. local time (1938 GMT) , police sources said.

Source: Xinhua


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