Malaysian hostage crisis ends, 34 hostages safe

08:08, July 08, 2011      

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<> Parents of the children who were held hostage wait outside the kindergarten at the scene of crime in Muar of Johor, Malaysia, July 7, 2011. About 20 policemen have stormed into a local kindergarten Thursday in Malaysia's Southern Johor state, where 30 children, aged between two and six, and four teachers were held hostage by a man wielding a knife and a hammer. Children and teachers were saved and the suspect was arrested, said Malaysian police. (Xinhua)

Police stormed in a local kindergarten on Thursday in Malaysia's Southern Johor state and gunned down a man who had held 30 children and four teachers hostage for several hours.

State police chief, Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, told reporters that the man was hit by a single shot in his head and was critically injured.

"All the 30 children, aged between three and five years, and their four teachers are safe," he said.

They were currently being examined for any injuries.

The hostage-taker, said to be mentally deranged, had on Thursday morning trespassed the kindergarten with a machete and a hammer and threatened to kill the children.

Failing to persuade the man to release the hostages, police shot teargas into the kindergarten compound and entered the building before firing shots at the man.

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